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2008-08-06 00:00:38

A top GP has cautiously welcomed proposals for more vigorous doctors appraisals, but warned that the 'devil' will be in the detail. (The Herald, July 24). The government has announced a new regime for monitoring and assessing the competence and performance of all doctors due to a number of serious medical scandals, including the case of Harold Shipman. This case, and those of other doctors who harmed or killed patients, only came to light and public attention after years of continued...

2008-07-25 00:00:18

Doctors will face more rigorous tests of their competence every year under plans announced by the Government. At present, all NHS trusts must appraise their doctors annually but the Government wants to tighten this up to ensure doctors are fit to offer safe care. The new annual assessments will take account of patients' views, complaints or concerns, a doctor's prescribing habits and any personal issues which might affect their work such as drug or alcohol abuse. Patients will be asked...

2008-07-24 18:00:23

Doctors will face more rigorous tests of their competence every year under plans announced by the Government yesterday. At present, all NHS trusts must appraise their doctors annually but the Government wants to tighten this up to ensure doctors are fit to offer safe care. The new annual assessments will take account of patient's views, complaints or concerns, a doctor's prescribing habits and any personal issues which might affect their work such as drug or alcohol abuse. Patients...

2008-07-24 00:00:47

By Beverley Rouse Doctors will face annual assessments so that licences can be removed from poor performers, under proposals drawn up by the Chief Medical Officer. GPs, hospital consultants and private practitioners will also have to renew their licences every five years, under Sir Liam Donaldson's plans. He will call for senior doctors to assess others who are practising in their area to ensure they are not putting patients at risk. Patients will also be asked for their feedback during...

2008-07-24 00:00:47

LEADING ARTICLE HEALTH A ll patients about to go under the knife or be dosed with powerful drugs want to be certain that the doctor treating them is competent to do the job, in the same way that every airline passenger wants to know that the pilot is fit to fly the plane. Yet while checks on pilots' fitness have been routine for decades, there are no rules to ensure doctors are up to scratch. From the Bristol babies' heart surgery disaster in the late 1990s, to the Harold Shipman...

2006-09-05 05:54:17

LONDON (Reuters) - A man convicted of killing two 10-year-old schoolgirls in one of Britain's highest-profile murder cases has been found unconscious in his prison cell after a suspected drug overdose, the Home Office said on Tuesday. Ian Huntley was convicted in December 2003 of the double murder of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells in the Cambridgeshire village of Soham in August 2002 and sentenced to life in jail. An inquiry into the murders found that Huntley had managed to get a...

2005-09-02 13:57:28

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - An inquiry into an Australian hospital's director of surgery, dubbed "Dr. Death" by staff after he was linked to 87 patient deaths, was shut down on Friday after a court ruled the inquiry chief was biased. The A$6 million (US$4.5 million) inquiry, called to examine problems in the health system in Australia's tropical Queensland state, had four witnesses and 10 days left to run. Its interim report in May said Indian-trained Dr. Jayant Patel,...


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