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BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 15 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f296

NICE consults on guidelines for familial breast cancer: The UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has begun a consultation on a new draft version of its guideline on familial breast cancer. The updated guideline includes a number of potential new recommendations on issues such as when to offer genetic testing, what surveillance strategies should or should not be offered, and the use of tamoxifen or raloxifene as preventive treatments. See

Neuberger to chair inquiry into end of life pathway: The independent review looking at how the Liverpool care pathway is being used in practice for patients at the end of life is to be chaired by the crossbench peer Julia Neuberger, said Norman Lamb, the care and support minister, on Monday 14 January. Neuberger is senior rabbi at the West London Synagogue and former chief executive of the health think tank the King’s Fund.

Breast care services at Solihull Hospital are to be reviewed: The lawyer Ian Kennedy is to chair an independent review of breast care services at Solihull Hospital to look at how the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust responded to concerns raised by hospital staff, patients, and members of the public relating to incomplete mastectomies. Police are investigating the surgeon Ian Paterson, who is alleged to have carried out botched or unnecessary operations between 1994 and 2011.1 Up to 400 women are suing the trust and the private firm Spire Healthcare, where Paterson also worked.

GPs are asked to comment on contract changes: The BMA has launched a survey ( asking GPs in England for their views on the government’s proposal to impose a series of non-negotiated changes to the GP contract. Responses will help inform the BMA’s submission to the government’s consultation on this issue, which closes on 26 February.

Cancer rate is rising in China: The incidence of cancer in China doubled from 1989 to 2009, to 3.1 million new cases, and the number of people who died from cancer rose to 2.7 million, show figures from the 2012 China Cancer Registry’s annual report. Chen Wanqing, deputy director of the registry, told state media that the incidence was lower than in most developed countries but that the death rate was relatively high.2

Aid for reproductive health is still too low in Europe: European countries donated less than 10% of their development assistance between 2009 and 2010 to reproductive health, family planning, and HIV and AIDS, shows the 2012 Euromapping report.3 The Netherlands, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom came the closest to 10%. Combined spending on all development assistance rose to $11.7bn (£7.3bn; €8.8bn) in 2009-10, $9.9bn short of the amount agreed at the United Nations that is needed each year for the millennium development goals to be achieved.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f296