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Latest news - Thursday, 17 January 2019

Regulator set to double capacity to test overseas doctors for work in UK

GMC will open new centre in Manchester this summer, taking capacity up to 11,000 a year

Cash boost for children and young people’s mental health services in Wales

Welsh government pledges extra £7.1 million following last year’s National Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee report

Doctors to be asked (again) for their views on assisted dying

Royal College of Physicians to seek feedback from its 35,000 members on whether the law should be changed

Perfusion technique could boost number of viable donor livers

Slows rate of tissue deterioration and lengthens storage time, says NICE

Scotland to toughen up drug driving offences

Legal limits and roadside testing set to come into force from October this year


NHS 10 Year Plan: the view from my desk

James Booth scans the horizon as the ship rides the stormy sea

Trying to be optimistic

Phil Hammond reflects on the NHS Plan - ‘the latest attempt to get us to put our cynicism to one side’

New dads are no longer to suffer in silence

The new NHSE screening programme is a step in the right direction


Join the OnMedica Media Panel

OnMedica has launched a media panel that will enable its members to air their views to the media on topical healthcare issues in the UK

The diagnosis you fear to make and fear to miss

Cancer from a GP's perspective

South Tyneside’s Canterbury Tales

The development of integrated care systems signals a move to a different way of working between organisations in the NHS and local authorities


An overview of influenza, its treatment and prevention in primary care



A 20-year-old man has a worsening cough. He has no medical history of note and is not on any medication. On examination, you are surprised to hear bibasal crackles. He also has a raised JVP

Hypertension: what’s new and how might this impact practice?

A review of new evidence around management and how this can guide current consultations with hypertensive patients ahead of NICE’s upcoming guidance update


An 89-year-old diet controlled diabetic lady complains of some discomfort in her neck. She has a previous diagnosis of right heart failure for which she is prescribed furosemide 60 mg daily

Drug and Therapeutics Update - 11th January

MHRA issues drug safety update for ipilimumab; NICE publishes new guideline for the assessment and management of renal and ureteric stones; erenumab not recommended for migraine prevention in NICE draft guidance

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