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BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 02 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3010

More patients wait for bowel cancer test: The number of patients waiting for a colonoscopy rose by 23.3% from March 2014 to March 2015, from 28 578 to 35 245, figures from NHS England show, while the number waiting for flexi-sigmoidoscopy rose by 20.5%, from 15 354 to 18 496 patients. Over the same period the proportion of patients waiting more than six weeks for the tests rose from 2.3% to 5.7% for colonoscopy and from 1.8% to 6.8% for flexi-sigmoidoscopy.

Sale of laughing gas and other legal highs to be banned in UK: The Psychoactive Substances Bill, announced by the UK government on 29 May, will ban the production, supply, and import or export of …

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