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Seven days in medicine: 6-12 July 2016

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3874 (Published 14 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3874

Regulation

Single register for health and care staff is considered

The body that oversees the major regulators of UK health professionals is considering a single register to stop people who have been struck off from practising under a different title. The lead officers of the Professional Standards Authority appeared before the parliamentary health committee for a one-off evidence session on 5 July to answer questions about the authority’s performance, as well as that of the professionals’ regulators. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i3775)

GPs are told to get more involved in child protection

The Care Quality Commission said that healthcare staff and leaders in England need to do more to identify and listen to children at risk of harm. The regulator reviewed child protection cases and found variable involvement, particularly of staff in primary care, with no contribution from general practitioners at all in many cases. The Not Seen, Not Heard report said, “GPs are often in the unique position of knowing the child and their family for many years and can make significant contributions to the safeguarding process.”

Politics

National Health Action chair resigns

Clive Peedell, the consultant oncologist and cofounder of the …

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