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Latest news - Monday, 20 January 2020

Paramedic students to get additional funding

Eligible ‘shortage specialisms’ announced

Scotland pressing to legislate non-surgical services

Practitioners will require licences under new plan

New cervical screening test rolled out nationally

Potential to totally ‘eliminate cervical cancer’

Cases of new China virus spike over the weekend

Coronavirus spreads outside of Wuhan city

Racial disparities in dementia prescribing

Study finds unequal dementia care


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

On The Pulse - December 2019

Risk and benefits of opioid treatment during pregnancy


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.

Bold moves towards integrated care

The chief officer for Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation and One Rochdale Health and Care reveals how local patients are benefiting from new partnerships

Headaches - CME resources

Easily find and access our CME resources about headaches


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

Knee cruciate ligament injuries

Knee cruciate ligament injuries are common and can lead to complications if missed or not adequately managed. This article details the anterior and posterior cruciate ligament injuries of the knee and management principles.

Infective endocarditis

A 75-year-old man has a one-week history of fevers, myalgia and shortness of breath. You have limited other history for this patient. You consider what might be the underlying diagnosis.

Drug and Therapeutics Update – 10th January

Lusutrombopag recommended for thrombocytopenia in people with chronic liver disease needing a planned invasive procedure in NICE final guidance; DNA testing to be available on NHS for diagnosing critically ill babies and children

Diagnosing inflammatory arthritis

A 26-year-old lady has a month history of pain in her joints, which is worse in the mornings. Her aunt has severe rheumatoid arthritis and she is worried she has the same. What lines of investigations are appropriate for suspected rheumatoid arthritis?

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