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Ensure GMC standards reflect realities of medical practice, MDU urges

Changes to the GMC’s core guidance for doctors could lead to more regulatory investigations, the MDU warned today. The GMC is currently consulting on a new version of Good Medical Practice including widening the scope of the standards against which all doctors will be judged. Setting these standards is a key function of the GMC. By clearly… Read more »

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Nurse practitioners face multiple investigations into single incident

A review of nurse practitioner cases notified to leading medical defence organisation, the Medical Defence Union (MDU), has found nurses now face a similar range of medico-legal investigations into incidents as doctors. Between 2017 and 2021, the MDU helped 400 nurse members with medico-legal processes including complaints, claims, disciplinary procedures and NMC investigations. The MDU… Read more »

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Abandoning Afghanistan would leave vacuum, Miliband warns
Miliband warns against Afghanistan ‘vacuum’

By Alex Stevenson David Miliband has called for a “clear political strategy” to match military efforts in Afghanistan. The foreign secretary gave a speech to the Nato parliamentary assembly in Edinburgh this morning as concerns about the struggle against the Taliban continued to escalate. So far this year coalition fatalities stand at 472. While Mr… Read more »

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Vince Cable believes the Labour government is to blame for the banking crisis
Cable calls for 10% levy on bank profits

By Emmeline Saunders Liberal Democrat shadow chancellor Vince Cable has criticised high-risk “casino banking” and called for a ten per cent levy on bank profits this year to tackle the national deficit. The money raised by the banking sector would create £2 billion revenue to help plug the debt it in part created, Mr Cable… Read more »