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Scotland leads the way with PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV has been approved in Scotland. Despite strong evidence that PrEP can reduce HIV transmission in high-risk men and women the preventative treatment is not currently available in the rest of the UK.
The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) approved emtricitabine /tenofovir disoproxil …

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New approach cuts liver function tests and saves money

Testing liver function in people on statins is largely unnecessary and costly for the NHS, say researchers.
A study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, showed that testing for only one liver enzyme, alanine transaminase (ALT), rather than the full array of up to …

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NHS can fund PrEP – but no obligation

The NHS can commission pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV infection following a Court of Appeal ruling upholding an earlier High Court judgement. However, it does not mean that it will fund it.
Earlier this year, NHS England had claimed that it could not consider the funding …

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Female doctors on the up

The number of female doctors is approaching 50% of all doctors in the UK. According to latest figures released by the GMC, the number of female doctors in 2015 was 123 016 (45%) compared to 150 778 (55%) male doctors. This is a rise from …

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‘Unease’ and ‘burnout’ in medical profession

The General Medical Council (GMC) has raised concerns that a ‘state of unease’ exists within the medical profession as services throughout the UK come under increased pressure.
The GMC warning that doctors are struggling to cope with a range of issues, including ‘burnout’, appears in its …

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