Dentists struggle to clear patient backlog
ONE in three dentists are struggling to clear the backlog of patients caused by the pandemic, the findings of a new survey reveal.
NHS good but could be better in shared decision making
A SURVEY of healthcare professionals found that 76 per cent regularly practise core elements of shared decision making with patients but 28 per cent found lack of time a barrier.
Urgent need to address exodus of GPs over next five years
NEARLY 19,000 GPs and trainees are expected to leave the profession over the next five years unless action is taken ease workload and workforce pressures, according to a survey by the Royal College of GPs.
Surgeons see "light at the end of the tunnel" on long waiting times
THE number of patients waiting more than two years for hospital treatment in England fell by nearly half between January and April 2022, according to data published by NHS England.
Dental teams urged to act on suspected eating disorders
THE Oral Health Foundation has highlighted the vital role dentists can play in identifying and acting on early signs of eating disorders.
Fit note powers extended to more health professionals
THE power to sign fit notes is being extended to more health professionals in a bid to ease GP workloads, the government has announced.
Alarming rise in UK obesity rates
AN estimated 21 million UK adults (36 per cent) will be obese by 2040, leading to wide ranging potential health effects including increased cancer risk, according to analysis by Cancer Research UK.
RCPCH publishes guidance in response to spike in acute hepatitis among children
A NEW clinical framework for the investigation, monitoring, transfer and management of children with novel non-A-E acute hepatitis has been published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Emergency care of patients with eating disorders
AN updated guideline on emergency treatment of patients with eating disorders has been published by The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Over 17,000 operations cancelled this winter in England
THE first three months of 2022 saw 17,477 operations cancelled in England amidst high rates of infection from the omicron variant of Covid-19.