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BMA surveys members on assisted dying stance
The BMA has launched a survey among members to re-examine its stance on assisted dying.
Smartphone apps to detect skin cancer found unreliable
SMARTPHONE apps used to assess suspicious skin lesions cannot be relied upon to detect melanomas and other skin cancers, according to a study published in the BMJ.
ED performance in Scotland worst on record
EMERGENCY departments across Scotland clocked the worst monthly four-hour performance on record in December 2019, according to figures released by Scottish Government.
Improved reporting for adverse drug reactions
REPORTING adverse drug reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme has been made easier thanks to a technology update.
Bereaved parents have new right to paid time off
WORKING parents who experience the death of a child will be granted two weeks’ paid bereavement leave under new rules, known as ‘Jack’s Law’, which are due to come into effect.
Practices in England face the clock on online consultations
THE new GP contract in England calls for all practices to offer online consultations to patients by April 2020 and video consultations by April 2021. But what about the risks?
Communicating with patients about the coronavirus
THE coronavirus outbreak has now been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation, and MDDUS has drawn up a risk alert to guide general practices in maximising communication with patients at key contact points.
...A letter of claim later alleges breach of duty in failing to consider a diagnosis of appendicitis, leading to a delay in referral for further assessment and treatment...
...A dental associate contacts the advisory service at MDDUS suspecting systematic breaches of NHS regulations at the dental practice where she works...
No immediate change in how doctors are regulated after Brexit
THE GMC has confirmed that there will be no "imminent changes" to how doctors are regulated or how non-UK doctors are registered after the UK leaves the European Union on 31 January 2020.