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Updated guidance on remote prescribing takes effect 5 April

UPDATED General Medical Council (GMC) guidance on remote prescribing will take effect on 5 April.

  • 30 March 2021
  • News

GDC introduces option to pay ARF by instalments

DENTISTS and dental care professionals (DCPs) will now be able to pay the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) by instalments, the General Dental Council (GDC) has announced.

  • 30 March 2021
  • News
  • GDP

“Perfect storm” of problems leading to drop in urgent referrals for lung cancer

A RELUCTANCE to attend hospital for diagnostic tests as well as increased worry over symptoms may be behind a drop of over a third (34 per cent) in urgent referrals for lung cancer since March of 2020, according to a survey of GPs carried out by Cancer Research UK.

  • 30 March 2021
  • News
  • GDP

CQC finds “worrying variation” in DNACPR decisions

WORRYING variation in the use of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during the pandemic has been identified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in a new report.

  • 19 March 2021
  • News

Long Covid "more prevalent than expected" in women

LONG Covid appears to be more prevalent in women and in young people (including children) than might have been expected from acute Covid-19 mortality, according research cited by the National Institute for Health Research Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (NIHR) in a second “themed review” on the condition.

  • 19 March 2021
  • News
  • GDP

Apology not admission of liability in duty of candour

UPDATED guidance from the Care Quality Commission on duty of candour makes clear that an apology required to comply with regulation does not mean accepting liability.

  • 17 March 2021
  • News
  • GDP

Fabricated or induced illness in children

NEW guidance on perplexing presentations (PP) and fabricated or induced illness (FII) in children has been launched by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

  • 11 March 2021
  • News
  • GDP

CQC questioned on impact of inspections on BAME GPs

THE Care Quality Commission has been called upon to examine the impact of its inspections on GPs from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

  • 11 March 2021
  • News

Blanket DNACPRs inappropriate for people with learning disability

BLANKET DNACPR orders for patients with a learning disability and/or autism are inappropriate, NHS England has confirmed in a recent letter to primary care providers.

  • 10 March 2021
  • News

Viral risk to dermatologists exposed to surgical smoke

SMOKE extractors should be made available in all settings where dermatology surgery takes place to mitigate the risk of viral transmission of infections such as Covid-19 and HPV.

  • 10 March 2021
  • News