Seven days in medicine: 16-22 January

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 21 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i328

Saturday 16th

New case of Ebola in Sierra Leone The World Health Organization confirmed a new case of Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone, barely 24 hours after it had declared the end of transmission of the virus in west Africa. The new case, in the northern district of Tonkolili, was the 11th “flare-up” of the disease—that is, a case not epidemiologically linked to the original outbreak and most likely caused by the virus remaining in survivors after recovery. Contacts were being traced and control measures put in place, said WHO. (See The BMJ’s full story at doi:10.1136/bmj.i298.)

Sunday 17th

Female doctors hit back at claims that they avoid antisocial hours Doctors have criticised Dominic Lawson, the English journalist who wrote in the Sunday Times that the increasing numbers of female doctors was a key but unspoken factor in the disagreement over changes to antisocial hours in the new junior doctors’ contract. He also argued that an increase in female general practitioners who did not want to work unsocial hours had resulted in “an increasing pile-up in the emergency wards of our hospitals.” Doctors responded on Twitter using the hashtag …

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