Physician Associates – “A new type of Medic”

Physician Associates – “A new type of Medic”

Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has announced plans to recruit hundreds of new medics to the NHS known as “physician associates”. Described by Mr Hunt as “a new type of medic”, physician associates are intended to be cost effective way of addressing the increasing demand on the NHS caused by an ageing population.

 

The roles will typically be filled by…

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Postnatal care left lacking

Postnatal care left lacking

The standard of midwifery care is once again under scrutiny, as the Royal College of Midwives has reported that the needs of women and babies after birth are not being met.

 

The report comes less than a year after government cuts forced the NHS to considerably reduce funding for midwifery care in half of England’s health regions. This was despite births being at their highest in 40 years…

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Many GPs admit wrongly prescribing antibiotics

Many GPs admit wrongly prescribing antibiotics

A recent survey has found that almost half of British GPs admit to prescribing antibiotics despite knowing that they will not treat the patient’s condition.

 

Over 1,000 GPs across the UK responded to The Longitude Prize survey which found that 28% have prescribed antibiotics more than once per week even when they were not sure if it was medically necessary. 45% of GPs had prescribed antibiotics knowing that…

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Patient Safety Risks in Private Hospitals

Patient Safety Risks in Private Hospitals

A report has been published by the Centre for Health and Public Interest which identifies areas of concern for a number of private patients in England.

There are 1.61 million admissions to private hospitals for surgical procedures each year in the UK and a quarter of these are now funded by the NHS.  Irrespective of this, there is a clear lack of reliable data meaning that regulators are…

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Special Measures for Failing GPs

Special Measures for Failing GPs

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that they are to bring in a monitoring regime for GPs similar to that which hospitals have recently been subjected to.

The CQC are aiming to review approximately 8,000 GP practices between October 2014 and March 2016. The review will consist of each practice being inspected and scrutinised in relation to the level of care that the patients receive at each…

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