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National academy to boost social prescribing
A NEW organisation is being set up to promote social prescribing in England and will be headed by outgoing RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard.
Mental health scheme for doctors and dentists extended
A SCHEME providing 24/7 mental health support to NHS doctors and dentists has been rolled out across England.
GDC reduces annual retention fee
THE GDC has announced a reduction in its annual retention fee (ARF).
Rise in antidepressant use in over-65s
A RECENT study has revealed a significant increase in antidepressant use over two decades in people aged 65 and older.
NHS whistleblower support scheme extended
A SCHEME to provide NHS whistleblowers with practical support is to be rolled out across England following successful pilots.
Deprivation link in addiction to prescription medicines
DEPENDENCE on prescription medicines is higher in areas of deprivation, according to a new review published by Public Health England.
E-cigarette use continues to rise in UK
VAPING has risen by 12.5 per cent with now 3.6 million users in the UK (7.1 per cent of the population) compared to 7.2 million smokers, according to statistics published by Action on Smoking and Health.
Patient warning on DIY orthodontics
A NATIONAL campaign to warn people about the dangers of DIY orthodontics will be launched this December by the Oral Health Foundation and the British Orthodontic Society (BOS).
GMC supports specialist status for GPs
THE GMC has given its support to calls from the Royal College of General Practitioners and the BMA for GPs to be recognised as specialists.
Dental Complaints Service refers fewer cases
OVER 83 per cent fewer cases have been referred for fitness to practise procedures by the Dental Complaints Service (DCS) over the last four years, according a DCS performance review.