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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7866

Care for lung cancer patients in UK still falls short: All cancer care teams should include a thoracic surgeon, says a report from the UK Lung Cancer Coalition.1 Currently the UK has only about 70 specialist thoracic surgeons, supporting 200 lung cancer multidisciplinary teams, and survival rates lag behind other similar countries in Europe. The report sets out 30 recommendations for cancer teams, including that all patients have their case discussed by a multidisciplinary team.

More club drug users seek treatment: The number of people in England treated for problems related to club drugs such as ecstasy, ketamine, methamphetamine, GHB and GBL, and mephedrone, rose to 6486 people (4479 adults and 2007 under 18s) in 2010-11, up from 4656 (3122 adults and 1534 under 18s) in 2005-6. This represented 2% of adults and 10% of young people in treatment. Response to treatment is good, with 61% of people aged over 18 and 74% of under 18s successfully treated last year, says the report from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.2

Retailers promise to promote fruit and vegetables: The UK’s 16 leading supermarkets, food manufacturers, and trade bodies have signed up to a pledge to add more fruit and vegetables to ready meals and to expand the space they devote to fruit and vegetables as part of the government’s latest responsibility deal pledge, which aims to promote a healthier diet. The supermarket chain Aldi, for example, has said that it will increase the amount of store space dedicated to fresh produce and to feature its discounted “super 6” fruit and vegetable lines in its promotional activities, including television advertising.

Malaria fund is to be managed by recipient countries: The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis has agreed that its affordable medicines facility—malaria programme, aimed at increasing the availability and reducing the price of antimalarials, should now be managed by countries themselves. The programme may also be changed to include rapid diagnostic tests for malaria. Oxfam’s senior health policy adviser, Mohga Kamal-Yanni, welcomed the decision but said that the Global Fund should also invest in longer term solutions such as community health workers.

Three people die in latest Ebola outbreak in Uganda: A fresh outbreak of Ebola virus disease in central Uganda has left three people dead, while five others have been put in isolation units, the health ministry has said. The first victim of the disease died on 26 October, while two others died in early November in a hospital about 60 km north of Kampala. Officials from international health groups, including the World Health Organization, have been trying to contain the spread of the disease. Uganda had declared itself free of Ebola on 4 October after an outbreak of the disease in the western part of the country that left 17 people dead.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7866


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