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Investigation highlights delayed interventions during labour
DELAYS in crucial interventions during labour were a contributory factor in 14.9 per cent of the 289 maternity investigations into intrapartum stillbirths, neonatal deaths and potential severe brain injuries, according to an investigation report by Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSCIB).
RCGP calls for suspension of GP appraisal
THE Royal College of GPs governing council has passed a motion calling for suspension of GP appraisal for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.
New HIV diagnoses in gay men at 20-year low
HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men in 2019 outnumbered new diagnoses in heterosexual adults by only 100 cases, according new report by Public Health England.
Call to “lock in” bureaucracy busting measures
A NEW drive to empower frontline NHS staff by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and “locking in positive change” seen during the Covid-19 pandemic has been announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.
Covert recording in a time of Covid
The increase in remote telephone and video consultations due to the pandemic has made it easier for patients to record consultations. Is this something that should worry clinicians?
Medical case study
NHS faces hidden backlog in routine hospital care
AROUND 4.7 million fewer people were referred for routine hospital care between January and August 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, according to a report from The Health Foundation.
100-fold increase in number awaiting elective hospital treatment
THE Covid-19 pandemic has led to a 100-fold increase in the number of people waiting over a year for elective hospital treatment in England, according to figures for September published by the NHS.
Oral cancer still on the rise
ORAL cancer diagnoses in the UK have increased by 97 per cent since 2000, according to a report from the Oral Health Foundation.
Domestic abuse and remote consulting
HOUSEHOLD isolation measures during the pandemic have increased risks for those under threat from domestic abuse. A majority of clinical interactions now being undertaken remotely means reduced opportunities to recognise and act on cases. What can you do to help potential victims?