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GMC guidance on fatigued doctors welcomed by MDU

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) welcomes updated COVID-19 guidance for GMC fitness to practise decision makers. The guidance advises them to take account of ‘sustained and extreme periods of fatigue’ among doctors. Dr Caroline Fryar, MDU head of advisory services said: “Yesterday, an MDU survey of over 500 members revealed that one in four doctors admitted being… Read more »

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Sleep deprived doctors concerned about patient safety

Over a third of doctors say they feel sleep deprived on at least a weekly basis and over a quarter have been in a position where tiredness has impacted their ability to treat patients, a new survey by the Medical Defence Union (MDU) has found. The UK’s leading medical defence organisation carried out the survey… Read more »

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Dr Hamish Meldrum is the chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) council
Comment: NHS funding gap needs urgent action

Health spending may be ringfenced, but the huge costs of the government’s reorganisation and a massive shortfall in funding could lead to cuts in frontline services. By Dr Hamish Meldrum The NHS is already a victim of cuts, as the health select committee’s report on public expenditure released today confirms. Although the health committee says… Read more »

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The government's plans for health spending require 'unprecedented' efficiency savings, say MPs
NHS faces ‘test to the limit’ to deliver savings

By Peter Wozniak The savings being asked of the NHS and social care are “unprecedented” and will stretch service provision “to the limit”, according to MPs. The health select committee today released its report on public expenditure on both the NHS and local authority provision of social care services – and challenged the government’s optimism… Read more »