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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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Byrne: Tighter border controls reducing asylum applications
Govt puts positive light on asylum figures

The number of failed asylum seekers removed from the country has fallen, the latest figures show. The quarterly asylum, accession monitoring and citizenship statistics show that between July and September, 3,120 failed asylum seekers were deported. This represents an 18 per cent drop on deportations compared to this time last year and is five per… Read more »

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Home Office attacked for abandoned Bicester centre
Govt criticised for £28m ‘abandoned’ asylum centre

The Home Office has been strongly criticised for spending £33 million on asylum centres which were never built. Around £28 million of this was wasted on one flagship centre at Bicester, near Oxford, which was abandoned in 2005 amid rising costs and fierce opposition from residents and human rights groups. A report by the National… Read more »