Seven days in medicine: 23-29 JanuaryBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i480 (Published 28 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i480
Support for doctors’ action rises after strike During and immediately after the UK junior doctors’ strike on 12 January, 53% of people said that the action was justified and 21% thought not, showed the results of a survey by Opinium Research in the Guardian newspaper. In October a similar survey found that 41% of the public supported the action and 26% opposed it.
Academics respond to NEJM “research parasites” criticism Academics and open data campaigners took to Twitter to respond to a provocative editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine that described as “research parasites” researchers who scrutinise other groups’ data. In opposition to the phrase, respondents posted examples of their work using the hashtag #IAmAResearchParasite. Jeffrey Drazen, NEJM editor, subsequently softened the stance in a follow-up editorial, writing that “researchers who analyze data collected by others can substantially improve human health.”
UK must improve response to infectious disease emergencies The UK has “serious weaknesses” in …