Five quick links:
With your support we can tackle the stigma of doctors asking for help – Professor Roger Jones from the Royal medical Benevolent Fund writes on GP online.
Accountable care organisations (ACOs) explained – here the King’s Fund explains what an ACO is and what needs to be done to ensure they deliver benefits for patients.
Investing in social care is essential to balance the NHS books – in the Guardian, Paul Burstow writes about how mental health and social care are the poor relations.
Training needed to meet patients’ end of life care needs – this article from the BMA calls for doctors to receive enhanced training in communication if they are treating patients nearing the end of their lives.
Pushy or rude patients ‘more likely’ to be misdiagnosed – a Dutch study suggests that patients who are aggressive or argumentative may lead doctors to lose focus when trying to come to a diagnosis.