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High antibiotic prescribing correlated to general prescribing
GP practices prescribing high levels of antibiotics tend also to prescribe more medicines in general, according to a study published in the British Journal of General Practice.
Pledge to shake up GP IT
OUTDATED and frustrating IT systems in GP practices in England will be replaced with modern technology as part of widespread changes announced by the health and social care secretary.
Confidentiality a common worry in GP premises
PRIVACY at reception is a common concern among GP patients, according to a new report by the Patients Association on practice premises in England.
Clinical trial for cancer breath test
A CLINICAL trial has begun on a breath test to detect certain cancers at an early stage.
Missed GP appointments cost £216m per year
DNAs (did not attends) account for over 15 million general practice appointments each year in England.
Desktop guide to medicinal cannabis
Practical advice on the availability and use of medicinal cannabis has been published by the RCGP.
NHS staff struggle with volume of safety guidance
A REPORT looking at 'never events' in 18 hospital trusts in England found that staff struggle to cope with large volumes of safety guidance, with little time and space to implement guidance effectively.
Wide variation in valproate prescribing in women
USE of valproate medicines in female patients continues to slowly decline but there is wide variation in prescribing between Clinical Commissioning Groups, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
Subject access requests rise under GDPR
SUBJECT access requests to GP practices have increased by more than 30 per cent since the introduction of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislation, according to a survey by the BMA.
GMC calls for action on impending workforce crisis
A SURVEY by the GMC has revealed that 21 per cent of 45 to 54-year-old doctors and two-thirds of 55–64 year olds intend to take early retirement by 2021, presaging a workforce crisis that could be compounded by Brexit.