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Latest news - Monday, 30 March 2015

Speed up plans for new patient safety investigation body, urge MPs

And carry out ‘fundamental reform’ of health service ombudsman system

GMC referrals should include info on whether doctors have raised patient safety concerns

Key to fairer treatment of whistle blowers is better understanding of background to allegations, says independent review

Government fails to keep community care pledge for people with learning disabilities

Promise made in wake of Winterbourne View scandal to move people out of mental health hospitals into community

New test prompts rise in bowel screening uptake

Preliminary results show that Faecal Immunochemical Test is also more sensitive and accurate

Higher mix of businesses potentially harmful to public’s health in North and Midlands

League table of UK’s major towns and cities shows main shopping areas too full of fast food outlets and tanning salons


On The Pulse - 27th March 2015

No benefits from endovascular stenting in intracranial arterial stenosis

Dioxins and cancer

Another piece of the chemical puzzle

On The Pulse - 20th March 2015

New ways to diagnose heart failure

Fat doctors

Louise Newson discusses a new national scheme encouraging weight loss

On The Pulse - 13th March 2015

The hidden cost of early hospital discharge

Diagnosing cancer early

How far have we come?

On The Pulse - 06th March 2015

Early dietary exposure to peanuts reduces likelihood of allergy

Recruitment crisis

Louise Newson discusses the role of female GPs in the recruitment crisis

In a league of our own

John Cormack discusses the funding disparities between general practices


Understanding individuals

Wayne Parslow details what the NHS could soon achieve as it embraces population health management

The 'worried well'

Claire Surr, Professor of Dementia Studies at Leeds Beckett University, discusses the recent news about the high proportion of the ‘worried well’ swamping dementia diagnostic services

NHS governors

The Forward View speaks volumes about the importance of NHS governors, writes Jackie Hurrell

Five Year Forward View

Two fundamental issues need to change in order for the NHS to drive positive action: funding and governance

The future hospital

The NHS Five Year Forward View set out a range of models of care that local areas are being encouraged to develop over the next few years

The A&E ‘crisis’

Frankly, we’re making a drama out of an A&E ‘crisis’, writes Dr Darren Kilroy

Revisions to EU data protection

These could have a profound impact on the NHS, says Karen Thomson

Who will lead the way to patient-centred care?

The primary care workforce needs to be empowered to lead the change, says Dr Nav Chana

Tackling tuberculosis

Tackling TB is one of seven key priorities for Public Health England and "it’s a public health problem that we absolutely have to overcome"

Wound management in general practice

An article on the key areas of wound management in general practice


Drug and Therapeutics Update

Call for evidence on hormonal pregnancy tests; glaucoma management guidance issued

Breast cancer

This article covers the risk factors, assessment and further management for suspected breast cancer

Drug and Therapeutics Update

JCVI recommends MenW immunisation programme for teenagers and PHE publishes details of success of HPV immunisation programme in adolescent girls

Making sense of the new LABAs and LAMAs for COPD

What’s different and what’s the same about new inhaled long-acting bronchodilators for COPD

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Positive Early Access to Medicines scientific opinion given to Pembrolizumab; quality standard for maternal and child nutrition available for consultation; SMC approves treatment for DVT

Irritable bowel syndrome

This course looks at the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE calls for action on medicines optimisation; new hepatitis C drug option for NHS; US approves new antibacterial medicine

Malaria prophylaxis

Several short case histories covering malaria prophylaxis in different situations

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE issues first guideline on diagnosis and management of bladder cancer and recommends sofosbuvir and simeprevir for hepatitis C


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