In brief

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 09 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:327

Trust boards to go public: The health secretary, Frank Dobson, has asked all NHS trusts in England to open their board meetings to the public from now on, in advance of parliamentary regulations in the autumn.

AMA backs tobacco deal: The American Medical Association broadly endorsed the $368.5bn (£230bn) settlement with the United States tobacco industry but said that the Food and Drug Administration should have more power to regulate tobacco.

Head of NHS Confederation to go to House of Lords: The NHS Confederation's chief executive, Philip Hunt, is to become a Labour working peer in the House of Lords. He will remain with the organisation until a successor is found.

Poverty at root of ethnic inequalities in health: People from Pakistan and Bangladesh living in Britain are 50% more likely to have ill health than white people, with people from the Caribbean 30% more likely. The Health of Britain's Ethnic Minorities, a report from the Policy Studies Institute, says that the differences in health are linked to poverty.

Tumour gene identified: Researchers have identified the TSC1 gene, mutations in which cause some forms of tuberous sclerosis, a genetic condition occurring in about 1 in 6000 people and affecting the skin and nervous system (Science 1997;277:805-8). A second tuberous sclerosis gene, TSC2, was identified in 1993.

Numbers of hospital doctors rise: Department of Health figures for England show that on average the number of consultants has increased by 3.4% and of junior doctors by 2.6% each year between 1986 and 1996. Much of the increase has been among women.

Clinical directors feel undervalued: A survey of 700 clinical directors in Britain by the British Association of Medical Managers found that almost 60% felt undervalued for their management contribution.

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