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'Ghost patients' removed from GP lists

Nearly 12,000 patients have been taken off GP registers by managers, in an NHS England initiative to reduce the number of inactive patients.

NICE urges drug allergy improvements

NICE has produced new guidance on managing drug allergies. It recommends documenting any allergic reaction to drugs, to prevent it from happening again. For more information, see Resources. – provide a link to resources page for September 15 issue

Skin cancer risk

Sunbed users are at risk of skin cancer, even if they do not burn, researchers from Dundee University found. A separate study by PHE revealed that hospital admissions for skin cancer have risen by nearly a third since 2009.


Professor Jane Donaldson, a registered nurse and nurse teacher, has been appointed head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Stirling. She previously headed the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University.

Domperidone becomes prescription-only drug

On 4 September, Domperidone became a prescription-only medicine, following recommendations by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency. Domperidone is used in the treatment of nausea and vomiting.

NMC appoints new chair

Professor Dame Janet Finch has been appointed as the chair of the NMC. She previously worked as the vice chancellor of the University of Keele.

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