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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.

  • 27 June 2019
  • News

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.

  • 27 June 2019
  • News

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.

  • 27 June 2019
  • News

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.

  • 26 June 2019
  • News

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...

  • 25 June 2019
  • Case study

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consequences of the test scores and is held responsible for the patient's loss of income during the period his licence was revoked...

  • 25 June 2019
  • Case study

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.

  • 25 June 2019
  • Risk alert

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.

  • 25 June 2019
  • News

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.

  • 14 June 2019
  • News

Approval for opt-out organ donation in Scotland

AN opt-out system for organ and tissue donation has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

  • 12 June 2019
  • News