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CQC cuts back on inspections in response to “winter pressures”

THE Care Quality Commission has announced details of how it will adjust its regulatory activity in England for the rest of winter to help increase capacity in both adult social care and the NHS.

  • 27 January 2023
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NICE advises staged withdrawal of antidepressants

NICE has published draft guidance advising that adult patients with depression who want to stop taking antidepressants should have their dose reduced in stages to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.

  • 19 January 2023
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Direct access opened to dental therapists and hygienists

DENTAL therapists and hygienists can now provide direct access to NHS care, NHS England has said.

  • 17 January 2023
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NHS England sees small drop in hospital waiting lists

THE total number of people waiting for consultant-led NHS hospital treatment has fallen for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 7.19 million on the list in November 2022 compared to 7.21 million in October.

  • 13 January 2023
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Declining patient satisfaction in maternity care

A SURVEY of women giving birth in 2022 found that fewer reported being provided appropriate advice and support from midwives or hospitals at the start of their labour compared to figures from 2017.

  • 12 January 2023
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Life-threatening emergencies prioritised on strike days

NHS England has confirmed that on strike days ambulance services will prioritise clinically urgent cases.

  • 10 January 2023
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Over a quarter of adults obese in England

AROUND a quarter of adults in England were classed as obese in 2021, according to the latest Health Survey for England published by NHS Digital.

  • 20 December 2022
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Survey reveals junior doctors struggling with cost of living

NEARLY half of junior doctors (45.3 per cent) now report struggling to afford rent or mortgage and 50.8 per cent have had difficulty paying to heat and light their homes in the past year, according to a survey conducted by the BMA.

  • 20 December 2022
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GMC to offer personalised contact when starting investigations

DOCTORS being investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC) will first be contacted by phone in order to offer a more "compassionate approach and reduce the impact of investigations".

  • 20 December 2022
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Group Strep A advice issued by medical royal colleges

ADVICE for worried parents and healthcare professionals on the higher than usual cases of Group Strep A, including scarlet fever, has been issued by three medical royal colleges.

  • 09 December 2022
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