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Social care needs a long-term fix, working on a cross-party basis and involving the sector

An all-party group of MPs has called on the next Government to urgently review how social care is funded in the long term and address serious threats to so...

House of Lords committee calls for independent Office for Health and Care Sustainability

The sustainability of the NHS is at risk with the government pursuing a “a culture of short-termism”. That’s the conclusion of the House of Lords ...

GMC Chair’s annual message to the profession: “Lightening our touch”

Dear colleague, I write to you once again at the start of the year, as health services across the UK are working harder than ever to deal with the fierc...

Avoiding unwanted attention from patients – guidance for doctors

At this time of year, many doctors will be receiving gifts and thank you cards from grateful patients. While it’s nice to be appreciated, occasionally gi...

GMC advice for doctors considering industrial action in the coming months

This the guidance issued by the GMC for trainees considering industrial action: We are asking every doctor contemplating further and escalated industri...

Older people denied personalised, effective and responsive care due to poor integration

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reviewed how well different health and care services work together to support the needs of older people in England. ...

Summary of changes to Junior Doctor Contract ahead of June vote

The BMA has released a summary of the changes to the Junior Doctor Contract a head of members' vote later this month:  Pay protection: switching speci...

Chair of the BMA’s JDC: “I’ve never felt more proud to be a junior doctor”

Dr Johann Malawana addressed the BMA’s junior doctor annual conference in London over the weekend. Here is his speech as last ditch talks continue with t...

RCP president: “Put bluntly, we are under-doctored, underfunded and overstretched”

RCP president Professor Jane Dacre’s speech to the BMA Special Representative Meeting 3 May 2016: As the president of the Royal College of Physicians,...

End-of-life care audit shows room for improvement in provision of 24-7 palliative care services

The results of the new end of life care audit run by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) show that there has been steady progress in the care of dying pe...

MPTS accepts expert psychologist evidence and clears doctor of dishonesty

The GMC brought a middle-grade doctor before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal alleging failure to attend to a patient when called (resulting in the death...