Seven days in medicine: 18-24 May

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 26 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2951

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Agreement is reached on junior doctors’ contract

Junior doctors in England will vote from 17 June to 1 July on whether to accept the latest contract on their terms and conditions, and the result will be made known on 6 July. The BMA and the government agreed the details of the new contract on 18 May after 10 days of talks (full story doi:1136/bmj.i2853). For more coverage on the junior doctor contract in BMJ Careers see and

Incentivising GPs does not affect mortality

The NHS Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)—the world’s largest pay-for-performance programme in primary care—has not improved mortality rates from the chronic conditions targeted by the programme, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, the results of a study published in the Lancet showed (full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i2882).

Academics warn of “Brexit” threat to NHS

A group of leading academics, writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine,1 argued that the NHS would get less money if the United Kingdom left the European Union, as the Treasury estimates …

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