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BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 14 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5085

Vending machines in English hospitals stock least healthy food and drink: England has fallen “woefully” behind Scotland and Wales in the provision of healthy food and drink in hospital vending machines, the World Cancer Research Fund has warned. A survey found that England had no national guidelines in place relating to the content of hospital vending machines, and as a result three quarters of English hospitals had no policy in place. Both the Welsh and Scottish governments introduced national guidelines in 2008.

Monitor investigates commissioning of cancer surgery services in Manchester: Monitor has launched an investigation into the introduction of new processes to select providers of certain specialised cancer surgery services by NHS England (formerly NHS Greater Manchester). This followed complaints by University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust that the process adopted for selection was not based on the quality of services, patient outcomes, or patient preferences. The investigation will establish whether the selection process follows procurement and competition rules.

Measles cases drop after MMR catch-up programme: Cases of measles fell during June, with 113 confirmed cases across England compared with 193 cases in May, and 299 cases in April. The fall follows the nationwide rollout of the MMR catch-up programme by Public Health England, the Department of Health, and NHS England. Data from around 2000 general practices show that in July 2013 there were 60 000 more children who had had at least one dose of the MMR vaccine compared with children of similar age in 2012.

Single women and lesbians excluded from fertility treatment in Spain: Single women and lesbians will no longer qualify for publicly funded fertility treatment. Ana Mato, minister of health, social services and equality, said, “The lack of a male [partner] is not a medical issue.” Opposition parties and civil groups have criticised the decision for being ideological and against the constitution for discrimination.

Diclofenac should not be used in patients with underlying heart conditions: The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has confirmed that patients with serious underlying heart conditions, such as heart failure, heart disease, circulatory problems, or a previous heart attack or stroke, should no longer use diclofenac. The warning follows the completion of a European review which found a small increased risk of heart attack and stroke.


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