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Seven days in medicine: 21-27 November

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6335 (Published 26 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6335

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Saturday 21st

Medics call on Dublin to change abortion law More than 800 doctors from 44 countries joined a campaign run by Amnesty International to decriminalise abortion in Ireland. In a letter to the Irish government they warned that the current law was putting the lives of women at risk: “[The criminalisation of abortion] impedes and disregards sound medical judgment and can undermine the professional duty of care and confidentiality that doctors bear towards their patients.”

Sunday 22nd

Consultants warn of brain drain over junior doctor dispute More than 1000 UK consultants wrote to the Sunday Times urging NHS Employers to resume negotiations with junior doctors’ leaders, saying that they were concerned about the proposed changes to the juniors’ contracts. “There is a shortage of junior doctors,” said the letter. “The number of applicants to medical schools has fallen this year and 40% of trainees from 2014 did not continue from the foundation programme to the next stage of core training, namely speciality or GP recruitment. Others have given up a medical career or are choosing to work abroad.” The new contract may accelerate a …

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