BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1352

Junior doctor cleared of killing patient: A Belfast crown court jury has cleared Dr Yin Yin Teoh, aged 25, of the manslaughter of Samuel Beers. She accidentally injected penicillin into a drainage tube inserted in his brain instead of into an identical tube in his arm at the end of a 14 hour shift. Dr Teoh had worked 110 hours the previous week.

UK health insurers to be investigated: The Office of Fair Trading is to investigate the selling practices of groups such as BUPA and PPP. The office will look at whether private health contracts have hidden clauses and whether people are getting the payouts they expect.

Mexico has more cases of cholera: The Mexican department of health has said that 507 new cases of cholera were reported last week, the largest number in a single week since the current strain of the disease appeared in 1991. Fifty of the cases were reported in Mexico City. Officials blame the hot weather and say that the forthcoming rainy season could aggravate the epidemic.

US Medicare bill fails: The US House of Representatives has failed to pass a bill ordering Medicare trustees to recommend policy changes by 30 June to ensure the long term solvency of the programme.

BMA News Review wins gold award: BMA News Review has been awarded the British Association of Industrial Editors' gold award for the best magazine. The annual awards are the largest of their kind for corporate publications in Britain, and this year there were 1500 entries.

AIDS deaths in Italy increasing: AIDS is becoming almost as big a killer in Italy as road accidents, according to the country's statistics institute. In 1994 about 4370 Italians died from AIDS compared with 6000 who died in road accidents. AIDS has overtaken drugs as the second cause of death among young men between 18 and 29.

Replacement of NHS numbers delayed: The NHS Executive is to delay the start of the programme for replacing existing NHS numbers with a new format until family health services authorities and health boards have set up electronic links with general practices to allow patient registration to be undertaken electronically.

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