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BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 12 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2070

Doctor to stand against Cameron in general election: Clive Peedell, a consultant oncologist in north Yorkshire and co-leader of the National Health Action Party, has announced he will run against David Cameron in Witney, Oxfordshire, at the general election “on an NHS ticket.” He is against the marketisation of the NHS, which he believes wastes £10bn (€12bn; $17bn) a year. More funding for health could also be secured by collecting the taxes of large corporations that avoid payments, he said.

Pregnancy service is to appeal fine: The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined the British Pregnancy Advisory Service £200 000 for a data breach that led a hacker to obtain the details of 10 000 people who had called the service. The service said it did not realise that its website was storing the information or that the website was insecure. It said it would appeal the fine as it was “out of proportion when compared with those levelled against other organisations who were not themselves the victims of a crime.”

Asda installs defibrillators: The UK supermarket chain Asda has announced it is to install 600 defibrillators in its shops and to have staff in every shop trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation after partnering with the British Heart Foundation. The scheme, which is costing the retailer £500 000 also involves training 12 000 staff in use of the defibrillators.

Cases of scarlet fever across England reach 24 year high: Widespread increases in cases of scarlet fever were reported to Public Health England in February, beyond those seasonally expected. A total of 868 notifications of scarlet fever with onset dates during weeks 5-8 of 2014 were made, up from an average of 444 for the same period over the past four years and the highest since 1990.

Pakistan is to pay parents whose children receive polio vaccine: Parents of children under 5 years old in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly North-West Frontier Province) in northwest Pakistan will be entitled to claim 1000 rupees (£6; €7; $10) for each child who completes a 15 month course of vaccination against polio. The local government and United Nations officials are organising 8000 health workers to vaccinate nearly 800 000 children in a day. The World Health Organization said that more than 90% of cases of polio in Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan were genetically linked to a strain from Peshawar, the province’s capital city. Polio vaccine administrators in the area have been targeted by insurgents, and 4000 local police will escort those taking part in the latest campaign.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2070

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