Seven days in medicine: 31 October to 6 November

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 05 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5888

Saturday 31st

Reporting suspected female genital mutilation becomes mandatory UK health professionals must now alert the police if they suspect that a girl aged under 18 they are treating has been subject to genital mutilation. The new duty applies to regulated health and social care professionals and teachers. Professionals who fail to comply could face fitness to practise proceedings through their regulator.

Sunday 1st

NHS England boss blames locum costs for hospital overspends Speaking at the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin conference, Simon Stevens said that hospital overspends were almost entirely explained by rising spending on agency and temporary staff. “Three years ago we spent £1.8bn [€2.5bn; $2.8bn] on temporary staffing; this year it is likely to be around £3.6bn,” Stevens said. Last month the regulator of trusts in England, Monitor, set out proposals for a cap on the amount that hospital trusts could spend on agency staff.

Monday 2nd

Patients whose cancer is diagnosed at A&E have poor survival A quarter of patients whose cancer is diagnosed after they attended London hospital emergency departments died within two months, shows research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute’s Cancer Conference in Liverpool. Researchers measured the survival of nearly 1000 patients whose cancer was diagnosed after an emergency presentation at 12 hospitals in 2013. Average survival was found to be less than six months, and only 36% of patients survived beyond a year. Length of survival decreased with age: half of patients under …

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