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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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Ofsted inspectors reported high levels of "trauma" in young children
Ofsted finds ‘worrying’ levels of sexual behaviour in young children

By Liz Stephens Schools have repeatedly suspended pupils as young as four for inappropriate sexual behaviour, an Ofsted inquiry has found. Investigating an increase in exclusions from primary schools, school inspectors unearthed high incidences of children touching other children inappropriately and using sexually explicit language as well as swearing, attacking staff and damaging property. The… Read more »

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Police officers have been called into schools in England to deal with violence more than 7,000 times
Minority blamed for 7,000 police call-outs to schools

Police officers had to be called into schools in England because of violent incidents over 7,000 times in the last 12 months, it has emerged. Information obtained by the Conservatives under the Freedom of Information Act from 25 of the 39 English police forces highlight the number of times officers were called to school premises… Read more »