The Kark review, led by Tom Kark QC, has reported back on the effectiveness of the fit and proper persons tests for senior NHS staff.
The independent review sets out seven recommendations. The recommendations are due to be considered as part of the wider workforce review being led by NHS Improvement.
NICE and Public Health England have issued guidelines to improve antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.
They advise that antibiotics should be given to people with community- and hospital-acquired pneumonia within four hours of establishing a diagnosis. Oral antibiotics should be given first-line if the person can take oral medicines and the severity of their condition does not require intravenous antibiotics.
Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer has written to community pharmacists, general practices and other professionals with guidance on continuity of supply of medicines in the wake of Brexit. Public facing messages are also available on DHSC’s website.