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Remote GP services should not become the norm
GENERAL practice post-lockdown must offer a range of access options or risk isolating some patients, says the chair of the Royal College of GPs.
Lockdown takes significant mental health toll
NEARLY a fifth of people reported having thoughts of self-harm or suicide during the first month of lockdown but less than half of those received mental health support, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
NHS faces daunting backlog in non-COVID treatment
OVER a million planned operations and treatments and over 20,000 cancer treatments in England have been cancelled or delayed between April and the end of June due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to research published by the BMA.
EM clinicians report inadequate infection control
NEARLY half of emergency care clinicians believe the layout of their department is not safe enough for adequate infection control for coronavirus, according to a survey conducted by Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
Over two thirds of vulnerable patients following shielding advice
OUT of 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people in the UK, 63 per cent report that they are completely following shielding guidance to avoid COVID-19, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Phone consultations have “negative impact on care”
MORE than a third of doctors who have taken up phone consultations with patients throughout the pandemic said it has had a negative impact on the care they are able to provide.
Health services will take over a year to return to full capacity
ALMOST half of UK physician specialties expect to be working at less than previous pre-COVID activity levels for at least 12 months or more, according to the The Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
GMC sets out plans for regulation of physician and anaesthesia associates
THE GMC has set out its plans for undertaking regulation of physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) starting in 2021.
Same-day COVID tests key to restoring surgery
DOCTORS need access to same-day coronavirus testing in order to safely restore elective surgery.
GPs taking on secondary care workload
GPs are providing an increasing number of tests and treatments during the pandemic that would normally be carried out in hospital settings.