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“Disease mongering” burdens global healthcare
EXPANDING definitions of disease are leading to over diagnosis and unnecessary treatment and pose a major threat to human health and the sustainability of health systems, according to a paper published in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine.
Post-surgical deaths in Scotland fall by a third
DEATHS following surgery have been reduced by more than a third in Scotland since the implementation of a safety checklist as part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.
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Unprofessional behaviour targeted in pilot scheme
A PILOT programme has been launched to help doctors tackle unprofessional behaviour which threatens patient safety.
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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.
Private vs NHS treatment
...What is most important in a mixed practice is to make it clear to each individual patient whether they are being seen on the NHS or privately....
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.