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Call for “dental revolution” in care homes

CALLS have been made for a “dental revolution” in care homes in England after a survey found more than half do not have oral health plans in place for residents.

  • 27 June 2019
  • News

Inpatient satisfaction high but improvement has stalled

MOST inpatients in hospitals in England have confidence and trust in the doctors and nurses treating them but overall improvement has stalled, according to findings from an annual CQC survey.

  • 27 June 2019
  • News

MHA code of practice not being used as intended

HEALTHCARE providers and staff are not using the Mental Health Act (MHA) code of practice as intended due to a lack of awareness and understanding of the statutory guidance, according to a new report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

  • 27 June 2019
  • News

New approach needed to improve trans patient care

NHS care for trans patients must involve a whole-system approach to improve services including education and training for healthcare professionals, NHS IT systems and access to gender identity services, according to a new position paper by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

  • 27 June 2019
  • News

Scotland publishes action plan on restricting dental amalgam

AN action plan to reduce the use of dental amalgam has been published by Scottish Government as part of a UK-wide response to an EU directive reducing mercury in the environment.

  • 27 June 2019
  • News

Wrong-site blocks no longer regarded as “never events”

DENTISTS in England will no longer have to report giving a local anaesthetic at the wrong-site as a "never event", after lobbying by the BDA.

  • 27 June 2019
  • News

GMC uncovers factors in high BAME referrals

INADEQUATE job induction and support along with isolating work patterns and poor feedback are all factors in higher GMC referrals for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) doctors, new research suggests.

  • 26 June 2019
  • News

Substandard RCT alleged

...Dr N is alleged to have failed to clean/fill the patient’s root canals at UR8 to an appropriate standard and had to ask for help during the treatment...

  • 25 June 2019
  • Case study

Eye test error

...Dr B is accused of failing to fully explain the consequences of the test scores and is held responsible for the patient's loss of income during the period his licence was revoked...

  • 25 June 2019
  • Case study

Burnout is also a patient safety issue

THERE is well-established evidence of a causal relationship between reduced wellbeing of clinicians and patient safety risks within secondary care – and a recent study suggests the same is true in primary care.

  • 25 June 2019
  • Risk alert