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Seven days in medicine: 9-15 March

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1546 (Published 17 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1546

Junior doctors’ dispute

Doctors take protest to UK government

Junior doctors staged a protest march in London, UK, from St Thomas’ Hospital to the Department of Health, to oppose the government’s handling of its ongoing dispute with the profession. Another group of doctors marched outside the BBC’s London headquarters at Broadcasting House, to protest at the lack of mainstream media coverage of the latest 48 hour strike.

Junior doctors consider legal challenge

A group of UK junior doctors and patients instructed solicitors to investigate judicial review proceedings against the government over the imposition of the new contract. The BMA has already announced its own separate legal challenge against the government, but organisers said that the fresh action would be “significantly broader in scope . . . with issues of patient safety at its heart.”

Zika virus

Estimated risk of microcephaly

About one in every 100 women infected with the Zika virus in the first trimester of pregnancy will have a baby with microcephaly, a study in the Lancet estimated on the basis of data from the 2013-14 Zika outbreak in French Polynesia. Although this risk is relatively low compared with other …

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