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NHS facing bleak winter
THE NHS in England could be facing “one of the bleakest winters” on record given current performance statistics, says the Nuffield Trust.
Opposition to scrapping GP home visits
THE RCGP has opposed the scrapping of home visits in England after GPs voted to remove the duty from their standard contract at a recent LMC meeting.
New guidance for expert witnesses
DOCTORS who plan to serve as expert witnesses should first undergo medicolegal training, according to new guidance from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Clampdown on drug driving
NEW driving laws in Scotland take a zero tolerance approach to illegal drugs.
Understaffing threatens patient safety, say health leaders
NINETY per cent of health leaders believe that understaffing is putting patient safety and care at risk, according to a new survey by NHS Confederation.
New guidance on remote prescribing
NEW guidance on remote consulting and prescribing has been published by 13 healthcare organisations.
Doctors taking part in protests
THE GMC recently addressed the issue of doctors taking part in political protest actions and the professional implications.
Pre-school vaccination rates disappointing
NHS England has missed the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) performance standard for the uptake of nearly all pre-school vaccinations in England in 2018-19, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).
Referrals to MPTS increase
THE GMC referred 40 per cent more cases to the MPTS (Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service) in 2018 according to figures were released in advance of the annual fitness to practise report.
Report highlights electronic prescribing risks
ELECTRONIC medication systems can put patient safety at risk if not properly implemented, according the findings of an investigation report by the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch (HSIB).