Study shows modest benefits to children of water fluoridation
FLUORIDATION of the water supply may confer a “modest benefit” to the dental health of children, according to a seven-year-study led by University of Manchester researchers.
Less than half of LGBTQ+ doctors feel able to be open about sexual orientation
A SURVEY of UK doctors has found that only 46 per cent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer respondents feel able to be open about their sexual orientation where they work or study.
Relentless rise in UK oral cancer cases
NEW cases of oral cancer continue to rise, with 8,864 people in the UK diagnosed with the disease last year, representing a 34 per cent increase in the last 10 years.
Pandemic impact on wait for breast reconstructive surgery
NEW research has found that 51 per cent of breast cancer patients surveyed in the UK said that the Covid-19 pandemic had a ‘significant impact’ on their wait for and experience of breast reconstruction surgery.
RCGP signals warning on timescale for online record access
NHS England must carefully consider the 1 November timescale for granting patients automatic access to their prospective records, says the Royal College of GPs.
Health and care system “gridlocked”
ONLY two in five people are able to leave hospital when ready to do so, which is contributing to record-breaking waits in emergency departments and dangerous ambulance handover delays, according to the Care Quality Commission.
Small rise in ARF for dentists
THE General Dental Council has announced that the annual retention fee (ARF) will increase by 1.5 per cent to £690 for dentists.
Remove employment barriers to tackle NHS crisis, says GMC
THE General Medical Council is calling for a relaxation in rules preventing specialty and associate specialist (SAS) and locally employed (LE) doctors from undertaking a wider range of work, such as in primary care.
Fewer operations lead to growing NHS waiting list
THE waiting list for hospital treatment in England has reached a new record of seven million and analysis suggests this is due to fewer operations being carried out rather than a post-pandemic surge in demand.
Older patients use NHS more but complain less
MORE patients over age 55 years used the NHS in England (66 per cent) than those under 55 years (57 per cent) during the pandemic, but fewer (25 per cent) would have been willing to complain compared to under 55s (34 per cent).