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Reducing risk when prescribing controlled drugs

Reducing risk when prescribing controlled drugs

Updated guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) on Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices came into force in April, which emphasises limits on the prescribing of controlled drugs to reduce the risk of harm. This guidance is important...

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COVID-19 vaccination programme: Is the UK on track?

COVID-19 vaccination programme: Is the UK on track?

The global COVID-19 vaccine roll-out started in the UK on 8 December 2020, with a 91-year-old grandmother receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech jab at University Hospital, Coventry. Roll-out of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine followed at Churchill Hospital in Oxford on 4...

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Delivery of mass vaccination programmes during the pandemic

Delivery of mass vaccination programmes during the pandemic

Monday 9th November brought encouraging, preliminary reports that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine provided more than 90% protection against COVID-19. Only a week later, Moderna announced efficacy of 94.5% for their COVID-19 vaccine candidate. With first results from Phase...

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Medical Defense Society – Our new look!

Medical Defense Society – Our new look!

Members of the Medical Defense Society will soon see a fresh new look and logo on our website and in our written communications. Since going live in 2017, Medical Defense Society has steadily grown in size. Now in 2020, we have firmly established our place in the MDO...

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Lessons from COVID-19

Lessons from COVID-19

As we emerge from the initial peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a sense in general practice that while it has presented an exceptionally challenging situation, it has provided a unique opportunity to rethink how patient care is delivered. Recent reports from the...

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COVID-19: Signposts to practical advice as lockdown ends

COVID-19: Signposts to practical advice as lockdown ends

It is over 100 days since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March. Healthcare services have adapted fast and continue to adjust. With UK case numbers falling, lockdown restrictions are being progressively lifted. GPs and other healthcare...

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Where are England’s most severe GP shortages?

Where are England’s most severe GP shortages?

As an indemnity provider created by GPs for GPs, we pay close attention to the state of the profession. We’re acutely aware of the current shortage of GPs and the need to protect and support the skilled professionals who work across the country. In this post, we look...

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