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Seven days in medicine: 23-29 March

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1791 (Published 31 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1791

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Doctors question UK’s FGM policy

Since 2015 anyone under 18 identified with female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United Kingdom must be reported to the police, but this mandatory reporting may not be the best way to reduce FGM, doctors said in PLOS Medicine.1 The authors said that the threat of prosecution “could potentially drive the problem of FGM even further underground” and that training health workers, educating at-risk women about FGM, and screening for FGM risk factors during antenatal care may be more effective.

Meningitis B vaccine policy is under review

An expert group set up by the Department of Health to review the methodology behind the United Kingdom’s decision to restrict access to the meningitis B vaccine to infants under 1 year old will report its findings in June, members of parliament were told.

NHS is unprepared for risks posed by climate change

A newly formed coalition of UK health bodies wrote to England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, urging the NHS to be better prepared for risks posed by climate change. The …

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