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Latest news - Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Third of UK doctors showing signs of burnout

GPs and emergency doctors most at risk

Early cancer diagnosis may be missed due to staff shortages

1,100 patients could miss out on early diagnosis per year, charity warns

Researchers to get fast-track visas post-Brexit

Unlimited visa offer to the 'brightest and best' minds

Car smoking ban cuts child exposure to cigarette smoke

2015 law has led to 72% fall in teenagers tobacco smoke exposure

Alcohol sales fall after minimum pricing

3.6% drop in volume of pure alcohol sold per adult


The other side of the desk

When the doctor becomes the patient

Is the game up for PCNs?

Luke Koupparis considers what might happen to networks if the current specification document remains unchanged

NHS – It’s not just about numbers

Carrie McEwen calls for a firm commitment to invest in the most vital asset of the NHS - its people

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Chris Preece wonders how on earth the GP draft Service Specifications came to be


Working together to prevent strokes in Copeland

Kevin Walsh of the Rotary Club and Julie Clayton, Head of Communications and Engagement at NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, explain how they have helped identify people at risk of stroke

How collaboration is propelling change in Croydon

If health and care leaders are agreed on one thing, it’s that collaboration is far from easy. Here, Matthew Kershaw shares how organisations in Croydon have tackled the task and how the local health and care system, staff and residents are reaping the benefit

In 2020 and beyond we must embrace the tenets of population health - with all that that entails

There was a time when the NHS went into a form of hibernation over Christmas. Wards were emptied and staff took time off. Niall Dickenson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, reflects on the stark contrast of modern reality.

Headaches - CME resources

Easily find and access our CME resources about headaches


Inter-menstrual and post-coital bleeding

A 35-year-old woman attends the surgery complaining of bleeding between periods for the past five months. What could be the possible causes?

Intracranial neoplasms in children

A summary of the main intracranial neoplasms affecting children, including their epidemiology, presentation and management

Drug and Therapeutics Update - 24th January

EMA suspends Picato as a precaution while review of skin cancer risk continues; Wuhan novel coronavirus guidance published for primary care professionals


Routine blood test results reveal a raised corrected calcium level. The patient’s last calcium level, which was done three years ago, was normal. You take a detailed history. Could medication be the cause?

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

A summary of the diagnosis and management of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Drug and Therapeutics Update – 17th January

NICE recommends palbociclib and olaparib for breast and ovarian cancers; Supply Disruption Alert: Phenytoin Sodium NRIM 100mg capsules; SMC recommends five medicines

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