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Seven days in medicine: 17-23 October

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5582 (Published 22 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5582

Saturday 17 October

Junior doctors protest: Thousands of UK junior doctors marched in London, Belfast, and Nottingham in protest against the government’s planned changes to their contract, which will see them being paid the same for working evenings and Saturdays as for weekdays. (See full stories in The BMJ at doi:10.1136/bmj.h5610, doi:10.1136/bmj.h5596, doi:10.1136/bmj.h5572.)

Sporting activity falls by 400 000 since Olympics: The proportion of people in England aged 16 or above taking part in sport at least once a week fell from 36.2% (15 890 400) during the Olympic Games in 2011-12 to 35.5% (15 491 200) in 2014-15. The Local Government Association called for the government and Sport England to redirect some of the £500m for sport between 2013 and 2017 away from national bodies and towards grassroots programmes to boost active lifestyles. Of the 46 national sport plans set up since 2013 with the aim of increasing participation, only six (athletics, cycling, netball, table tennis, archery, and fencing) have so far shown a significant increase in participation rates.

Physician leaders urge healthcare for refugees: Countries receiving refugees must establish systems to provide them with healthcare, the World Medical Association said. In an emergency resolution adopted at its annual assembly in Moscow, delegates from more than 50 national medical associations said that governments and international agencies, including the United Nations, must make more effort to reduce the pressure of the current global refugee crisis.

Sunday 18 October

Making peace with cancer: A cancer blogger’s self published book about her experience …

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