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Antidepressant prescribing continues to rise
PRESCRIPTIONS for antidepressants in England rose by 5 per cent in 2018, according to new figures published by NHS Digital.
Poor waiting time performance risks increased negligence claims
DECLINING waiting time performance in England for both elective and cancer treatment could lead to increasing future negligence claims, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
TB rates at record low in England
NEW cases of tuberculosis (TB) in England have fallen to the lowest levels since records began in 1960, according to new data published by Public Health England (PHE).
Caution urged in fluoroquinolone antibiotic prescribing
REPORTS of rare disabling and potentially irreversible adverse reactions associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics have prompted the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to issue an alert.
Call for action on postcode lottery of child dental decay
GOVERNMENT is being urged to tackle deep-seated oral health inequalities which have left young children in deprived parts of England more than five times more likely to face hospital dental extractions than the national average.
UK bottom of the list in oral health education
THE UK has been ranked at the bottom of a global league table according to how well schools educate children about their oral health.
NHS trusts struggling to engage with bereaved families
GOOD progress is being made by some NHS hospital trusts in England in learning from deaths, although some are struggling to improve engagement with bereaved families and carers.
NHS sees further drop in public satisfaction
PUBLIC satisfaction with the NHS has fallen to its lowest level since 2007, according to analysis of the 2018 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey.
UK cancer care suffers with staff shortages
A SHORTAGE of clinical oncologists threatens future cancer care in the UK.
GP "gatekeeping" offers mixed benefits
A STUDY looking at GPs as gatekeepers to specialty care has concluded that this is associated with lower healthcare use and expenditure and better quality of care, but also lower patient satisfaction.