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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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Ed Balls outlines action on NEETs
Balls targets NEETs with new education measures

Ed Balls has announced new measures to support young people in education or training, as well as sanctions for those that refuse to participate. The government is introducing legislation in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech to raise the school leaving age to 18. However, this will not take effect until 2015. This will be staggered with all… Read more »

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Brown sends closure warning to failing schools

Failing schools were today warned they risk closure if they do not improve standards. Warning he would not tolerate low standards, the prime minister told failing schools they would be shut down or taken over by neighbouring trusts if they do not attempt to raise standards. In his first major speech on education since taking… Read more »