Media release archive 2008

11 December 2008 Leading health bodies unite to stop discrimination against people with a learning disability in NHS care

Leading health bodies, including the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal Society of Medicine, have joined forces with Mencap to produce a best practice guide for health professionals on improving healthcare for people with a learning disability.

4 October 2008 Palm reading and conjuring on the NHS

Here are two papers from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Click on the links to see the papers in full. Please mention the Journal if you choose to use them.

9 July 2008 "The NHS number you have dialled is busy. Please die later."

Nearly two thirds of NHS acute hospital switchboards fail to answer incoming calls within twenty seconds. The longest wait was 18 minutes. The average answering time across all switchboards was 45 seconds, and fifty hospitals took more than a minute on average.

30 June 2008 RSM Press launches examdoctor

The Royal Society of Medicine Press has just launched examdoctor, a new interactive revision site for trainee doctors. RSM Press has sourced knowledge and experience from expert authors to produce the best possible preparation resource for Royal College and specialist assessments.

30 June 2008 The formula for the 21st century dad - more nurture: less nature

Being the genetic father of a child should not necessarily entitle men to parenting rights according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Ethics by researchers from the University of Birmingham.

19 May 2008 Making a fist of blood taking – and ending up in casualty

A paper in the latest issue of the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry shows how the manner in which blood is collected from patients for some blood tests alters the results of those tests when it comes to analysis.

12 May 2008 Another reason not to go in to work?

The risk of developing blood clots with prolonged sitting at work or at home has been highlighted in a study published in the latest issue of Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

14 April 2008 Government's prejudicial health policies treat elderly as a 'lossleader'

The care of older people should be a central priority in the NHS but too often it is marginalised, neglected and plays second fiddle to initiatives or targets designed to appeal to younger voters, says a paper in this month’s Journal of the Royal Medical Society.

11 March 2008 One venue to cure your conference blues

The Royal Society of Medicine has re-launched its newly-refurbished conference, hospitality and meetings facilities as One Wimpole Street.

1 March 2008 PTSD rare among British peacekeepers

The incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is less common amongst British peacekeeping personnel than other nations’ military peacekeepers, says a study in the current issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

2 February 2008 Junior doctors ‘don’t understand lab tests’

The elimination of pathology and laboratory medicine from the curriculum in many medical schools and consequent lack of knowledge of basic science among junior doctors is jeopardising patient safety, says a report in the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry.

30 January 2008 Home diagnostic kits misleading patients

Home diagnostic tests sold over the internet are offering unsatisfactory product information which could be misleading consumers, warns a paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

25 January 2008 Female hospital consultants are '20% less productive than their male colleagues'

Female consultants working in the NHS are responsible for fewer patient episodes each year than their male counterparts, according to new research published in the current issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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