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AfPP seeks views on challenges faced in theatres

The Association for Perioperative Practice has launched a nationwide survey in a bid to understand the challenges faced by those working within operating theatres, following worldwide claims that healthcare workers are experiencing severe burnout.

First Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering MPACE accreditations granted

The first UKAS accreditations for Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering have been awarded to The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Guidelines aim to ensure the safe transfer of patients with brain injury

The transfer of patients is potentially hazardous if poorly executed and new guidelines aim to reduce risks and improve outcomes.

Lack of support leaving pregnant women with diabetes at risk of serious complications

Gaps in the support available to women with diabetes before and during pregnancy are leaving thousands at risk of serious complications.

NICE relaunches international division

As the development of clinical guidelines can be expensive and time consuming, NICE International will work with clients to adapt guidelines for their healthcare system.

Calls to tackle slowdown in mortality improvements

New analysis of mortality data exploring reasons behind stalling life expectancy improvements in the UK, has uncovered worrying trends affecting some of the population, including a rising number of avoidable deaths among the under 50s.

Two thirds of people want tax increase to pay for health and social care

A survey conducted on behalf of the Health Foundation indicates that there is increasing public support for paying more tax to maintain and improve health and social care.

New guidelines to help make anaesthesia safer

The Association of Anaesthetists has announced that new guidelines have been published which will help anaesthetists perform safer airway management for patients undergoing general anaesthesia.

New guidance for surgeons acting as expert witnesses

Medical experts should undergo appropriate medico-legal training before they appear as an expert witness, the Royal College of Surgeons of England has advised in new guidance published.

Cancer survival hindered by staff shortages

Progress in improving cancer survival is at risk of being limited by staff shortages, an inquiry into the future of cancer care in Scotland has concluded.

Calls to cut waiting times for tests as one in four cancer patients face diagnosis delays

One in four cancer patients experienced a delay to their diagnosis that could have been avoided, according to a new study by Cancer Research UK.

Blood test can quickly match advanced breast cancer patients to targeted treatments

A blood test can help identify rare mutations in advanced breast cancer, which may enable patients to access effective treatments more quickly in the future, Cancer Research UK scientists have found.

Royal College of Nursing responds to General Election result

Responding to the General Election result, Dame Donna Kinnair Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said: “The Prime Minister must remember that the Government’s new mandate was secured on the back of health and care pledges over which we will hold them to account.

Robotic lung surgery reaches 150 procedure milestone

Specialists at NHS Golden Jubilee have carried out more than 150 robotic lung surgery operations, helping patients get home quicker.

Risk of harm to babies and children from coin/button batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued around the risk of harm to babies and children from coin/button batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices.

‘Simply not enough GPs to meet demand’ – TUC analysis on GP numbers

Responding to analysis from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which shows GP numbers have fallen by almost 1,000 in the last four years, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said: “As we’ve said time and time again, there are simply not enough GPs to meet demand and guarantee safe, quality care to patients. And as doctors stretch themselves more thinly, they risk their own health and wellbeing.

Half of all women with HIV in Europe are diagnosed late

A report published on 28 November 2019 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, shows that women accounted for one-third of the new 141,000 HIV diagnoses in Europe in 2018.

Digital services ‘no substitute’ for GPs but will aid patient access

Digital GP services “are not a substitute” for face-to-face appointments but will help improve patient access in a primary care setting, a King’s Fund analyst has said. Access to GPs is becoming increasingly strained partly due to staffing concerns and partly down to rising numbers of patients. The most recent NHS Digital figures show practices are delivering the highest number of appointments ever recorded in a single month – an estimated 30.8m.

State of the nation’s health in 2018 shown in new report

The latest figures for the Health Survey for England have been released by NHS Digital, monitoring trends in the nation’s health and featuring new data on gambling, asthma and longstanding conditions.

Risk of death and severe harm from ingesting superabsorbent polymer gel granules (2019)

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued around the risk of ingesting superabsorbent polymer gel granules. National Patient Safety Alerts are shared rapidly with healthcare providers via the Central Alerting Systemopens in a new window (CAS).