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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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Iraq continues to overshadow British military
UK’s Iraq record ‘strained special relationship’

By Alex Stevenson Britain’s lack of interest in Iraq after the invasion has “cast a long shadow” over the country’s military reputation, according to an American counter-insurgency expert. David Ucko of the RAND Corporation argued in an article for the International Institute of Strategic Studies’ journal Survival that ministers’ prioritisation of “domestic political agendas” meant… Read more »

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Prescott doubted Iraq intelligence
Iraq inquiry: Prescott dismisses ‘tittle-tattle’ intelligence

By Alex Stevenson Intelligence used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq has been dismissed as “tittle-tattle” by John Prescott. The former deputy prime minister told the Iraq inquiry that the joint intelligence committee’s recommendations were “frankly wrong” by 2004 because they had been “built too much on a little information”. “That was my impression… Read more »