Black women in England more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancer
BLACK women from Caribbean and African backgrounds are more likely to be diagnosed with certain types of cancer at later stages when treatment is less likely to be successful, according to a study by Cancer Research UK and NHS Digital.
NHS England publishes blueprint to ease pressure on urgent services
NHS 111 will offer enhanced access to specialist paediatric advice for children and urgent mental health support, according to an NHS England "blueprint" to ease pressure on urgent and emergency care services.
New website for prescribing in dentistry
DENTISTS can now access the latest guidance on drug prescribing in primary care dental practice on a new website.
GDC moves to clear registration backlog
DELAYS in processing registration applications to the General Dental Council have been almost fully resolved, the regulator has confirmed.
CQC cuts back on inspections in response to “winter pressures”
THE Care Quality Commission has announced details of how it will adjust its regulatory activity in England for the rest of winter to help increase capacity in both adult social care and the NHS.
NICE advises staged withdrawal of antidepressants
NICE has published draft guidance advising that adult patients with depression who want to stop taking antidepressants should have their dose reduced in stages to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.
Direct access opened to dental therapists and hygienists
DENTAL therapists and hygienists can now provide direct access to NHS care, NHS England has said.
NHS England sees small drop in hospital waiting lists
THE total number of people waiting for consultant-led NHS hospital treatment has fallen for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 7.19 million on the list in November 2022 compared to 7.21 million in October.
Declining patient satisfaction in maternity care
A SURVEY of women giving birth in 2022 found that fewer reported being provided appropriate advice and support from midwives or hospitals at the start of their labour compared to figures from 2017.
Life-threatening emergencies prioritised on strike days
NHS England has confirmed that on strike days ambulance services will prioritise clinically urgent cases.