Seven days in medicine: 5-11 March

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 10 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1374


Staying in Europe is “better for public health”

Healthcare leaders launched “Healthier in the EU” ( to highlight the health benefits of the United Kingdom staying in the European Union. The campaign says that the EU allows the UK to pool resources with its neighbours for public health (air pollution, tobacco, chemicals), health innovation (medicine approvals, research networks) and large healthcare frameworks (cross border healthcare, international patient groups).


NHS offers £600m to improve staff health

Hospitals and other providers of NHS care in England will gain access to a share of a £600m (€777m; $854m) incentive from April if they take action to improve the health of their staff. To gain a slice of the money they must offer workplace physiotherapy and mental health support and increase uptake of the winter flu vaccine. They must also tackle obesity and junk food intake by ensuring that healthy food options are available around the clock, ending promotion of sugary drinks and unhealthy food on their NHS premises, and submitting information on retail outlets and vending machines in preparation for the NHS’s sugar tax.

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Protestors descend on London GP surgery

Disabled people and benefit claimants in London, UK, marched on an Islington general practitioner’s surgery on 4 March because it was one of six surgeries piloting a …

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