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Being candid with patients is second nature to doctors, MDU survey finds

A new survey from the Medical Defence Union (MDU) of over 400 doctors has demonstrated doctors’ willingness to be open and honest with patients when something goes wrong in their care. The survey of 411 MDU members* found: 99% of doctors followed up incidents by apologising, explaining what happened and trying to put things right,… Read more »

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Gamekeeping Taskforce “needed now more than ever”

A year on from BASC Scotland’s call for the establishment of a Gamekeeping Taskforce, the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Màiri McAllan MSP, has been urged to address the ongoing difficulties facing gamekeepers and rural workers in managing the countryside. Ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election BASC Scotland called for the creation of a Scottish Gamekeeping… Read more »

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It is “too simplistic” for the Conservatives to implicate larger schools with discipline problems, the government has said. The Conservatives have attacked the government over the dramatic rise in the number of pupils taught in very large schools, arguing the evidence points to the benefits of smaller institutions. However, the government claims increased pupil numbers… Read more »

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David Cameron has been forced to rebuke his backbench MPs, as the Conservative party threatens to fracture over the issue of grammar schools and the party’s commitment to academic selection. This could be the first real test of Mr Cameron’s ability to carry his traditional supporters behind his vision of a new Conservative party. Mr… Read more »