PRimage has read in today’s Guardian that the government’s committment and drive to combat the crucial problem of hospital superbugs is being undermined by a simmering row between the Department of Health and the NHS standards watchdog …. watch this space!
Archive for October, 2007
Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team were interested to learn that the GDC has announced that Professor Elizabeth Davenport has been appointed as Chair of a new board to ensure the successful delivery of the GDC’s new examination for overseas dentists applying to work in the UK – the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE). As Professor of Dental Education and Director of Quality with the Institute of Dentistry at Barts and The London Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, she brings over 30 years of dentistry experience to the position.
PRimage understand that the ORE has replaced the International Qualifying Examination as the statutory examination which tests the clinical skills and knowledge of overseas dentists (non-EEA) who wish to apply for registration to practise in the UK.
PRimage was interested to read the news reports this morning on comments from the Royal College of Physicians that out-of-hours care outside of hospitals is “largely inadequate and inflexible” and needs to be reformed. We totally agree with this new report.
This current difficulty is because since new GP contracts were introduced in 2004, many of our family doctors and local NHS GP surgeries have been allowed to opt out of providing a round-the-clock service for patients. And the responsibility for those services has shifted to primary care trusts, which as PRimage understand employ in-house doctor teams, co-operatives and private firms to do the job …. problem is they often don’t do a good enough job!
It’s very confusing for patients to know exactly who they should go to if they’re unwell late at night or over the week-end. PRimage MD, Judy Viitanen had experience of this dilemma last week-end when her daughter was ill. She initially went to the local pharmacy, where the very helpful pharmacist gave her some good advice and an OTC medicine, but stressed that she should see a doctor as soon as possible because she needed antibiotics … We couldn’t access our NHS surgery, so in the end we contacted a private GP, who made a home visit within 30 minutes of our phone call – but the cost was £60 for the home visit, pus the cost of a private prescription.