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BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2782 (Published 15 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2782

NICE sets new standards for care of sickle cell patients: The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published new standards aimed at minimising pain and distress among patients with sickle cell disease who have acute painful episodes.1 Key recommendations include that patients should be assessed and given pain relief within 30 minutes of presenting and be checked for chest pain, fever, and abnormal respiratory signs that can lead to acute chest syndrome.

NHS trust boards are now more white than before: The number of people from …

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