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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.
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.
GMC appointed regulator for associate roles
THE General Medical Council will become the regulator for physician associates and anaesthesia associates, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.
Treat suspected Lyme disease without delay
PATIENTS presenting with erythema migrans or the characteristic bull’s eye rash associated with Lyme disease should be diagnosed and treated with antibiotics without delay, says NICE.
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.
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).
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.
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.