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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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Darling to release more cash for schools?
Budget ‘boost to failing schools’

Despite a projected tight round of public spending, the chancellor is expected to make extra money available to tackle failing schools. The prime minister has already said no school should be failing by 2012, threatening schools that do not have 30 per cent of pupils achieving five good GCSEs with closure. The Guardian has learnt… Read more »

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Standards in maths drop one point
Fewer pupils passing key maths tests

The number of 14-year-olds reaching an adequate level in maths has fallen while “slight improvements” have been seen in English and Science attainment. In the past year the number of pupils achieving the benchmark level 5 at key stage three mathematics has fallen one per cent to 76 per cent of all pupils. English and… Read more »