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November 5, 2011
Receptionists should “step out of the shadows” and make their contributions to repeat prescribing “explicitly” known to GPs, it is argued

Receptionists should "step out of the shadows" and make their contributions to repeat prescribing "explicitly" known to GPs, it is argued.

A study, published in the British Medical Journal, found receptionists and administrative staff in general practices across the UK often make "important 'hidden' contributions and judgments" to repeat prescribing.

October 15, 2011
NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has called for “rapid” progress to be made in preparation for revalidation of doctors in England

NHSMedical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has called for “rapid” progress tobe made in quality and safety areas in preparation for revalidation of doctorsin England.

Areport by the NHS Revalidation Support Team (RST) ‘Review of integratedclinical governance in the context of medical revalidation’ aims to provide a‘snapshot’ of the state of organisational readiness for medical revalidation inEngland at March 2011.

October 6, 2011
Overseas doctors with a “poor grasp” of the English language will be barred from working for the NHS, under new rules announced by the Health Secretary

Overseas doctors with a "poor grasp" of the English language will be barred from working for the NHS, under new rules announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday (4 October).

In his address to the Conservative Party during its annual party conference in Liverpool, Lansley said, "proficient language skills were equally as important as proper medical qualifications" when practicing as a doctor in England.

He revealed a commitment to empower the General Medical Council (GMC) to take action against doctors who fail to communicate to the standard required.

September 29, 2011
More doctors are being referred to the General Medical Council (GMC) “than ever before”, says the regulator

More doctors are beingreferred to the General Medical Council (GMC) “than ever before”, says theregulator.

The number of referralsby medical directors and other public bodies to the GMC has doubled between2007 and 2010 to reach 1,395 a year.

In a survey of around100 medical directors, it was found that there was an increased commitmentamong doctors themselves to report concerns, as well as patients feeling “moreempowered” to complain.

September 17, 2011
Newly qualified doctors from outside the country are undertaking clinical practice with little or no preparation for working in the UK, research suggests

Newlyqualified doctors from outside the country are undertaking clinical practicewith little or no preparation for working in the UK, research suggests.

Thefirst State of Medical Education report published by the GeneralMedical Council (GMC) claims more needs to be done to ensure consistency duringinduction periods for all doctors.