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Latest news - Monday, 18 November 2019

Scotland: Staff shortages put cancer survival rates at risk

Report should be ‘wake-up call’ to Scottish government

General practice in Northern Ireland has ‘turned a corner’

LMC is told of a shift in priorities and funding allocation

Trust sued over Huntington’s disease non-disclosure

Case could result in shift in confidentiality rules

Advice for those working with perpetrators of violence

Welsh government issues new guidance for staff

Nearly half of older adults think they’ll get dementia

But few discuss prevention with their physician


Patient stories

James Booth reflects on the privilege of meaningful GP-patient relationships that make for better care


From recent BMA report to representation of women in research, Chris Preece talks about sexism in medicine

On The Pulse   

Benefits of statins in primary prevention ‘may be marginal at best’


GP waiting times: learning from the past

Tim Gardner, senior policy fellow at the Health Foundation, examines the lessons manifesto authors should learn from past policies

New pathways based on patient experience are reducing unwanted variation

Dr Chris Streather, group chief medical officer at the Royal Free London NHS Trust, explains how removing variation and working more effectively with partners has enabled them to improve the service patients receive and achieve savings

CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures

The State of Care report is CQC’s comprehensive annual overview of the quality of health and social care in England. Sabina Hafesji, senior policy advisor at the NHS Confederation, summarises its findings

2019 NCRI Cancer Conference: news round-up

Review the findings of key research presented at the latest National Cancer Research Institute’s Cancer Conference

ANA 2019 – case reports: editors’ pick

Check out the editors’ pick from the case reports presented at the 144th annual meeting of the American Neurological Association


Drug and Therapeutics Update - 15th November

NICE publishes guideline on prescribing cannabis-based medicinal products; SMC accepts Glecaprevir/pibrentasvir for chronic hepatitis C virus; Class 2 Medicines Recall issued for Sandoz Limited, Omeprazole 40 mg Powder for Solution for Infusion

Crohn’s disease

A review of the diagnosis and management of this chronic idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease condition characterised by skip lesions affecting the GI tract.

Smoker with weight loss

A 22-year-old student presents with abdominal pain, weight loss and diarrhoea for the last six weeks. He smokes 10 cigarettes a day and blood tests reveal anaemia, with Hb 10.4g/dl and an elevated CRP at 48

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