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Ensure GMC standards reflect realities of medical practice, MDU urges

Changes to the GMC’s core guidance for doctors could lead to more regulatory investigations, the MDU warned today. The GMC is currently consulting on a new version of Good Medical Practice including widening the scope of the standards against which all doctors will be judged. Setting these standards is a key function of the GMC. By clearly… Read more »

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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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Clegg promises £2 billion fund for elderly care
Lib Dems promise improved elderly care

Government should fund a £2 billion package of personal care budgets for the elderly, the Liberal Democrats said today. New Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said increased funding for elderly care would end the “scandalous injustice” of older people using their savings to pay for necessary care. The Liberal Democrats would accordingly introduce a “care… Read more »

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Carers are "hidden heroes", Alan Johnson says
Govt to address carer concerns

Gordon Brown says he will listen to carers’ concerns in this year’s forthcoming government strategy review. Yesterday saw the close of a consultation on how to improve the lives of Britain’s six million carers marked by an event attended by ministers. Over 1,700 submissions have been received and the government intends to work through them… Read more »