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COVID-19 attacks… Pandemic planning

Remember Phil’s ‘Kung Flu Fighting’ blog two flu seasons ago? If only we knew then what we know now, maybe we’d have stockpiled even more toilet rolls as we fast approach meltdown in this new pandemic. This time it’s a cousin of Olly MERS, or is it Olly SARS, that’s causing the global stock markets

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NEWS: Wuhan virus alert levels increased

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The UK raised its threat level for the Wuhan coronavirus last night after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a global health emergency. Public health officials said the threat was no moderate rather than low. Senior GPs called for patients who have been to China to stay away from surgeries – and to make

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Boosting breast screening: a practice manager’s inspirational story

November 28, 2019, by in Health, Interviews

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Brenda Nasr, Practice Manager at Earle Road Medical Centre in inner city Liverpool, is a truly inspirational character with an amazing story to tell – one that has recently led to the practice boosting breast screening rates from 52% to over 75%. Having left school at 16 to work as a hairdresser, via a stint

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Challenging the measles crisis

August 22, 2019, by in Health, News, Patients

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It has been announced recently that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revoked the UK’s status as being “free from measles” following a rising number of reported cases and a decline in the number of children receiving the Mumps, Measles and Rubella vaccination (MMR)* Although the virus was previously eliminated in 2016, there has been

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“You’re kidding!”

None of us have the time. We’re all busy. Right now we’re fighting our way through the flu vaccines (or lack of them), putting on our battle armour in preparation for 2019, and trying to make an educated guess as to how many staff are likely to be ‘off sick’ during the winter. So there’ll

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‘Worrying’ levels of workplace stress among GPs and their primary care colleagues

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Almost nine in ten GPs, practice nurses & other primary care workers find work life stressful Two in five said workplace stress has led them to resigning or considering resigning One in ten say that workplace stress has led to suicidal thoughts One in three feel that admitting to being overly stressed would lead them

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What to do if you think employees are feigning ill health

What to do if you think employees are feigning ill health

As we reported some time ago (see here) the case of Metroline West Ltd v Ajaj UKEAT/0185/15/RN involved bus driver Mr Ajaj and his employers who were concerned about the “genuineness of the nature and extent” of injuries that led to Mr Ajaj being off work. In reality, there have probably been times when we

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