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Latest news - Monday, 20 October 2014

CQC criticises safety of hospital care and social care

Social care received most warning notices last year, and four out of five hospital safety ratings were concerning

NHS spends up to £2.5bn a year on preventable errors

DH commissioned report puts the cost at between £1bn and £2.5bn per year

New guidelines on managing genital herpes in pregnancy

Risk of transmission to baby greater with new infection in third trimester

Negotiations on new consultant and junior doctor contracts break down

BMA blames Government refusal to agree safeguards to protect doctors from working dangerously long hours

More than 1,700 girls identified as victims of FGM since April

Hospitals identified 467 victims of female genital mutilation in September alone


On The Pulse - 17th October 2014

New NICE guidelines for acute heart failure in adults


Is taking people’s temperature good enough screening?

On The Pulse - 10th October 2014

Current UK policy on alcohol pricing unlikely to have much impact


John wasn’t the easiest of patients...

À la recherche du temps perdu

Dr Mitty stared at the desk in his consulting room.“How times have changed” he murmured. The desk said nothing...

On The Pulse - 03rd October 2014

Different interventions for varicose veins are equally effective

Urinary HPV testing

Could it replace cervical smears?

On The Pulse - 26th September 2014

Overtreatment of mild hypertension

Cancer treatment

'Struggling to match the demand'


Leading the way with NHS Screening Programmes

The UK National Screening Committee, part of Public Health England, is 'recognised worldwide as a best practice model for screening policy and implementation'

A burning platform – maximising the nursing contribution to the antimicrobial resistance challenge

Nurses and midwives are a vital resource for tackling this huge public health challenge for the 21st century

Will collaboration be the hallmark of the future health and care system?

The starting point for any discussion on NHS workforce requirements should be what patients need to get the best possible outcomes, says Karen Middleton

The boardroom paper chase

The monthly board meeting is one of the fundamental aspects of Trust and CCG structure, but it is a structure that has remained completely unchanged. In an era where QIPP targets require consistent attention and decision making, Digital by Default must become a service standard, says Alister Esam.

Could ‘People Pathways’ be part of the answer to the integration question?

Merron Simpson discusses whether ‘People Pathways‘ could be a more constructive vehicle for integrating across silos and improving people’s experience of ‘the system’ as a whole

Finding new cures with data transparency

There is now a clear path to success with clinical trial data transparency that should benefit patients in the near future, says Simon Tilley

Temporal arteritis

An overview on how to make a diagnosis and manage temporal arteritis


Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE rejects multiple myeloma drug in draft guidance; PRAC recommends strengthening the restrictions on valproate medicines; and SMC...

Scabies in infants and children

An overview of the clinical presentation and management of scabies in children with consideration of treatment, side effects...

Urinary tract infections in children

A clinical summary of urinary tract infections in childhood covering prevalence, presentation, diagnosis, management and investigations

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NHS England consults on changes to Cancer Drug Fund and its strategy for preventing never events; European Medicines...

Osteoporosis - primary prevention

This article looks at primary prevention of osteoporosis including risk factors and interpretation of diagnostic tests

Osteoporosis - treatment options

The second article in a two-part series on osteoporosis. This article looks at both medical and non-medical treatment...

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Speeding up heart attack detection; simplified Yellow Card system; and tackling falls prevention

Heart failure

This case history summarises the presentation, investigation and management of heart failure and includes the latest NICE guidance...

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New guidelines on bipolar disorder; extended prescribing in Wales; and medical device alert on defibrillators


With the flu season fast approaching, read our updated article looking at the symptoms, diagnosis, management and vaccination...

Online Medical Device Resource

Medicalexpo - The Online Medical Exhibition

As a healthcare professional, do you feel that you are burning out? (See OnMedica News 08/10)

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