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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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Paisley and Ahern exchange first handshake

The DUP leader Ian Paisley and Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern today shared their first public handshake. The two leaders met in Dublin for informal talks on the future of the Northern Ireland assembly and the relationship between the Stormont executive and Irish government. First minister Mr Paisley met the Taoiseach on the steps of… Read more »

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Parliament to approve devolution on May 8th

Parliament will today rush through legislation in order to delay devolution to Northern Ireland ahead of a power-sharing executive on May 8th. MPs from across the House of Commons have agreed to set aside normal business and pledged their support for the bill. Leader of the house Jack Straw declared the Commons “will not adjourn… Read more »