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Nearly a quarter fewer cigarettes smoked in England

AROUND 1.4 billion fewer cigarettes are being smoked in England every year, according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK.

  • 29 August 2019
  • News

Government looks to AI to improve NHS efficiency

A NEW National Artificial Intelligence Lab will be established to work on some of the biggest challenges in healthcare, including earlier cancer detection, new dementia treatments and more personalised care, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced.

  • 29 August 2019
  • News

Employer rating sites

WEBSITES that encourage employees to review a former (or current) workplace may be useful for job seekers – but for healthcare professionals there are risks in posting on such sites.

  • 28 August 2019
  • Risk alert

Needless extraction

...The letter states that Dr K incorrectly attributed the patient’s ongoing jaw pain to an impacted LL8 and failed to investigate other potential causes...

  • 28 August 2019
  • Case study

Noisy child

...The practice receives a short angry note from Ms L complaining that Dr T had “manhandled” her son...

  • 28 August 2019
  • Case study

Action urged to improve vaccination uptake

ONE in seven five year olds in England may not be fully up-to-date with routine immunisations, according to Public Health England (PHE).

  • 26 August 2019
  • News

Call to make schools sugar-free

SCHOOLS in England should be encouraged to go sugar-free in a bid to tackle worrying levels of child tooth decay.

  • 16 August 2019
  • News

Safeguarding adults

Some adults may be unclear, unrealistic or ambivalent about their personal circumstances and it is incumbent upon healthcare professionals to work with those adults to understand what “being safe” means to them, and how that can be best achieved.


There can be various reasons why a doctor or dentist would want to make a visual or audio recording of a patient consultation or procedure, such as for research or training purposes. However, it is important to respect ethical principles of consent and confidentiality in doing so.

Provision of medical reports

An overview of the rules around the provision of medical reports for employment, insurance or similar purposes.