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Seven days in medicine: 9-15 January

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i153 (Published 14 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i153

Saturday 9th

Doctors call for Keogh to resign More than 1000 doctors called for the resignation of Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS in England, after revelations that he allowed Department of Health officials to “sex up” a letter to the BMA asking for assurances about the junior doctors’ strike. In the letter Keogh had asked the BMA to guarantee that juniors would be available for work within an hour in the event of a terrorist attack such as the one that occurred in Paris in November.

Sunday 10th

Chief medical officer warns of dangers of strike Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, told the Sunday Times that she wanted junior doctors to call off their planned strike. She told the newspaper, “Industrial action will lead to patients suffering, and no doctor wants to see that happen.”

Monday 11th

Benefit cuts will increase risk of homelessness The charity Macmillan Cancer Support called for a halt to the UK government’s plans to cut the weekly benefit paid to people who are assessed as too ill to work but who may be capable of working in the future, from £102.15 to £70.15 …

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