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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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Give trainees more support to avoid burnout says MDU

A survey of 67,000 doctors in training which shows worrying levels of burnout and exhaustion among the medical profession should concern us all, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) said today. The GMC’s annual National Training Survey found that the risk of burnout among medical trainees is now at its worst since it was first tracked in 2018…. Read more »

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NHS Confederation says fewer beds should be seen as a good thing
Hospital bed cuts ‘a sign of progress’

Cuts to the number of NHS hospital beds should be seen as evidence of a more efficient health service, not one that is struggling to cope, hospital managers insist today. A new report from the NHS Confederation says that although the number of hospital beds has fallen by 31 per cent in the last 20… Read more »

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European court rules NHS must reconsider paying for overseas operation
NHS ‘must reconsider’ payment of treatment overseas

Patients faced with “undue delay” on the NHS can go abroad for treatment and have the taxpayer pick up the bill, the European Court ruled today. The judges made the decision in the case brought by Yvonne Watts, 74, who spent £3,900 on a hip operation in France after being told to wait up to… Read more »