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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:722

Doctors demand 14% rise: The BMA has called for a 14% pay increase for doctors to recognise the shortage of doctors and the increasing demands facing the profession. In its evidence to the doctors' and dentists' review body for the 2001 award the BMA says that a 6% increase is necessary to maintain the profession's position, with a further 8% to make up the slippage that has occurred since 1995.

Incidence of BSE underestimated in France: Preliminary findings from a programme that was started in France in July to screen 40000 cows for bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE) has discovered an incidence of about 1.5 to 2 sick animals per 1000. The findings, published in Le Figaro, suggest that the incidence in France has been underestimated.

UK royal colleges rejoin JCC: The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents 18 colleges and faculties in the United Kingdom, has rejoined the Joint Consultants Committee, and both have agreed that there should be a review of the JCC. The academy suspended membership after the vote of no confidence in the General Medical Council passed by the senior hospital staffs conference (17 June, p 1621).

Dutch government pours money into tackling waiting lists: Health care in the Netherlands will receive an extra 3.7bn guilder (£1bn; $1.4bn) in 2001, a 5

increase, more than twice that originally planned. Three quarters is to reduce waiting times and pressure on staff, largely through recruitment. The health minister, Els Borst, said that a “new élan” was needed from everyone in health care.

England provides £100m ($140m) for dentistry: The UK government has announced the allocation of £100m to ensure that everyone has access to a NHS dentist in England. Dentists who work primarily for the NHS will receive a financial reward and there are plans for a £35m revamp for surgeries.

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