The Secretary of State announced yesterday the imposition of a new contract for junior doctors from August 2016.
The RCOG are fully aware of the Zika virus outbreak in South and Central America and the Caribbean, which has now been declared a "public health emergency of international concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The College has worked closely with the RCM, PHE and HPS to produce guidelines on Zika virus in pregnancy (PDF, 231.4 kb) for healthcare professionals.
Recommendations for improvements in care in the prevention of early-onset Group B Streptococcal disease are identified in the second and final part of an audit by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
This week (24-30 January) is cervical cancer prevention week (CCPW), a UK-wide initiative led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. It aims to highlight symptoms and causes of cervical cancer and the importance of vaccination and cervical screening (smear test) in preventing cervical cancer.
Further to the RCOG policy briefing: Zika virus in pregnancy, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new advice on travel to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
Depression in both expectant mothers and fathers increases the risk of premature birth, finds a study published in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).
The Lancet has published a five-paper series on ending preventable stillbirths. The series reports on the present state of stillbirths, highlights missed opportunities, and identifies actions for accelerated progress to end preventable stillbirths and reach 2030 maternal, neonatal, and child survival targets.
The UK National Screening Committee has published 11 recommendations including improvements to existing screening programmes. This includes introducing non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) as an additional test to the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP).
The Chief Medical Officers of all four nations of the UK have published (8 January 2016) new guidelines on alcohol consumption.
The Government has announced almost a billion pounds of investment for mental health treatment including £230m for specialist support for mothers during and after pregnancy and the first ever waiting time targets for teenagers with eating disorders.
The UK Chief Medical Officers’ have proposed new guidelines to limit the health risks associated with the consumption of alcohol.
Public Health England (PHE) has issued a briefing note to healthcare professionals about the increase in Zika virus (ZIKV) in parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands because of a potential association between infection with ZIKV in pregnant women and increased risk of congenital and neurological complications to the fetus.
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