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New approach needed to improve trans patient care
NHS care for trans patients must involve a whole-system approach to improve services including education and training for healthcare professionals, NHS IT systems and access to gender identity services, according to a new position paper by the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Scotland publishes action plan on restricting dental amalgam
AN action plan to reduce the use of dental amalgam has been published by Scottish Government as part of a UK-wide response to an EU directive reducing mercury in the environment.
Wrong-site blocks no longer regarded as “never events”
DENTISTS in England will no longer have to report giving a local anaesthetic at the wrong-site as a "never event", after lobbying by the BDA.
GMC uncovers factors in high BAME referrals
INADEQUATE job induction and support along with isolating work patterns and poor feedback are all factors in higher GMC referrals for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) doctors, new research suggests.
Substandard RCT alleged
...Dr N is alleged to have failed to clean/fill the patient’s root canals at UR8 to an appropriate standard and had to ask for help during the treatment...
Eye test error
...Dr B is accused of failing to fully explain the consequences of the test scores and is held responsible for the patient's loss of income during the period his licence was revoked...
Burnout is also a patient safety issue
THERE is well-established evidence of a causal relationship between reduced wellbeing of clinicians and patient safety risks within secondary care – and a recent study suggests the same is true in primary care.
Campaign to support reflective practice
NEW guidance and resources have been published in a bid to encourage doctors, dentists and other clinicians to take part in reflective practice.
RCGP responds to “hurtful” insinuation of possible GP fraud
AN announcement that the NHS Counter Fraud Authority will be investigating GPs in England in regard to so-called "ghost patients" on practice lists has prompted a sharp response from the RCGP.
Approval for opt-out organ donation in Scotland
AN opt-out system for organ and tissue donation has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.