The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
A new national body to provide a rapid response to concerns about doctors' performance will get underway from April.The National Clinical Assessment Authority (NCAA) is at the centre of the Government's plans to ensure patients have better protection and doctors, better support.
For more information: Rapid Response Authority Set Up To Tackle Poor Doctor Performance In UK
Achieving consistently high clinical standards requires much more than tackling the small minority of very poor doctors. The Government, with the medical profession and the NHS, is taking action on a broad front, and this report sets out the progress the NHS has made on clinical governance, support for appraisal and professional development, serious incident reporting, patient representation, professional self regulation and independent monitoring.
For more information: Assuring the Quality of Medical Practice: Implementing & Supporting Doctors, Protecting Patients
The cholera epidemic which began sweeping Mozambique late last month has killed more than 50 people and hospitalized about 2,400, Mozambican press Monday quoted health officials as saying.
For more information: Cholera Epidemic Kills 50 In Mozambique
AstraZeneca plans to launch three worldwide phase III clinical trials for its antipsychotic Seroquel in treating patients with bipolar disorder. The phase III clinical trials will determine the effectiveness of its atypical antipsychotic seroquel in the treatment of the symptoms of acute mania in patients with bipolar disorder. These trials will be conducted in addition to trial 99, a trial currently underway in the us to evaluate Seroquel therapy not only as adjunctive treatment, but also as monotherapy. Seroquel is indicated for the management of the manifestations of psychotic disorders as demonstrated by clinical trials in patients with schizophrenia.
For more information: AstraZeneca To Launch 3 Phase III Trials For Seroquel
The US Department of Health and Human Services today published new rules in the Federal Register to help enable more low-income Americans with high medical expenses gain health care coverage under the Medicaid program. The change, which will allow states greater flexibility in determining Medicaid eligibility, could potentially benefit tens of thousands of Americans. It enables states to offer health coverage to low income youth who are still in school or are making the transition to jobs, as well as to more parents leaving welfare for work.
States Can Offer Expanded Health Coverage Under New HHS Medicaid Rule
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