Heavy workloads still an issue for many doctors in training, GMC survey shows

Over half of all doctors in training say they work beyond their rostered hours at least weekly, and more than a fifth claim working patterns regularly leave them short of sleep, according to the General Medical Council’s (GMC) national training surveys. The GMC has today (Tuesday 4 July 2017) published the initial findings from its … Read more

Report reveals benefits of EU-UK medical research partnerships

Partnerships between UK and EU medical researchers have increased the value of research, benefiting patients across Europe, according to a report published today (Tuesday). The report, commissioned by eight leading UK medical organisations, highlights how the UK’s contribution to research throughout the EU has fostered and strengthened scientific co-operation. As negotiations begin on a new … Read more

NHS England and PHE extend HIV prevention programme

The extension of the national HIV prevention programme will fund new specialised treatments. NHS England will fund a major extension to the national HIV prevention programme led by Public Health England (PHE) with the aim of supporting those most at risk and reducing the incidence of HIV infection. It has also decided to routinely commission 10 new specialised treatments … Read more

Is your App a medical device? It’s healthy to know: regulator issues updated guidance

Updated guidance issued to help identify the health apps which are medical devices and make sure they comply with regulations and are acceptably safe. From counting steps to helping healthcare professionals prescribe treatment for burns injuries, healthcare apps and stand-alone software are a part of everyday life. You might not realise depending on an unregulated … Read more

Medical devices regulator issues alert on faulty glucose test strips

People with diabetes who use particular blood glucose test strips should stop using them and seek an alternative as soon as possible says the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This follows a manufacturing fault which could lead to a risk of them giving false low blood glucose results. The manufacturer, Nipro Diagnostics, found … Read more

Warning on liferafts containing unauthorised medical kits

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) are asking suppliers of inflatable liferafts in the UK to check the origin of their liferafts. This is because medical kits containing unauthorised imported medicines and medical devices may have been supplied inside inflatable liferafts to ships, fishing vessels, small commercial … Read more