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GDC defends use of undercover investigations
THE General Dental Council has defended its use of undercover investigations and not ruled out future use if merited by potential public risk, and if there is no other way to investigate an allegation.
SNOMED CT deadline extension for dental providers
THE deadline for compliance with the use of SNOWMED CT terminology for capturing clinical terms within electronic patient record systems has been extended by four months.
Taskforce to prioritise antivirals development
A TASKFORCE has been launched by the UK Government to identify antiviral treatments for patients exposed to Covid-19 to stop the infection spreading and speed up recovery time.
Radiologist shortage acute
THE radiologist workforce in the NHS is now 33 per cent short-staffed and needs at least another 1,939 consultants to meet safe staffing levels and pre-coronavirus levels of demand for scans, says the Royal College of Radiologists.
Vaccine choice for pregnant women welcomed
THE announcement that pregnant women will be offered the Covid-19 vaccine in line with UK vaccine roll out plans has been welcomed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
Ensure your practice is inclusive
MANY practice websites are still displaying messaging that excludes certain members of society from accessing GP services, according to a recent item in the NHS Primary Care Bulletin.
Pledge for faster access to new treatments from NICE
PATIENTS will have speedier access to the latest treatments and innovations, NICE has pledged.
Majority of doctors predict NHS backlogs well into 2022
NEARLY 60 per cent of doctors think it will take at least 18 months for the NHS to recover from the pandemic, with 30 per cent predicting it will take over two years.
Mental health crisis hits youth hard
REFERRALS of children and young people to mental health services in England between April and December last year increased by 28 per cent compared to the same period in 2019, according to analysis by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Impact of Covid-19 must be factored into regulators' decision-making
MDDUS has again backed calls for the impact of Covid-19 to be factored into regulators' decision making, in light of a new Professional Standards Authority report, Learning from Covid-19.