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New GMC assessment centre for overseas doctors
OVERSEAS doctors wanting to practice in the UK will now undergo a "rigorous half-day assessment" of practical skills at a new £2.5m GMC test centre in Manchester.
Majority of Brits think A&E overused
OVER 85 per cent of the UK population believe that A&E services are overused, while just over half agree that it is hard to get an appointment with a GP, according research carried out by The National Centre for Social Research from the most recent British Social Attitudes Survey.
Wider use of cannabis-based medicinal products not justified
WIDER use of cannabis-based medicinal products cannot currently be justified due to a lack of robust evidence for clinical effectiveness, says NICE in new draft guidance.
Asthma deaths soar
DEATHS from asthma attacks in England and Wales have increased by a third in the last decade, according to data from The Office for National Statistics (ONS).
No-deal Brexit plans
HEALTH and social care staff in England have been sent details of ongoing preparations for a no-deal Brexit.
GP antibiotic prescribing reduced and more selective
ANTIBIOTIC prescribing by general medical practices in England has reduced and become more selective according to a study published on BMJ Open.
One in 20 patients exposed to preventable harm
AROUND one in 20 patients are exposed to preventable harm in medical care, with as many as 15 per cent of these cases involving severe harm or death.
Patients to be referred to pharmacists for minor conditions
PATIENTS in England are to be offered same-day pharmacy appointments for minor conditions in order to ease pressure on the wider NHS.
Clarity for GPs on firearms licensing
GPs will not be held legally responsible for judging whether someone is suitable to possess a firearm or shotgun certificate, according to proposed new government guidance.
NHS looks to Alexa to deliver health advice
NHS patients may soon have improved access to health information via voice-assisted technology being developed in collaboration with Amazon.