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Seven days in medicine: 13-20 July 2016

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4011 (Published 21 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4011

Targets

Cancer targets are missed

NHS England missed its target of ensuring that 85% of patients with cancer begin treatment within 62 days of urgent referral by a general practitioner. Figures from May, released this month, showed that 81.4% of patients began treatment within 62 days. The two week waiting time target for patients with breast cancer was also missed: 92.1% were seen by a consultant within two weeks of referral, 0.9% short of the 93% target.

Politics

May appoints new ministerial team

The UK prime minister, Theresa May, continued her reshuffle by appointing three new health ministers. Joining Jeremy Hunt, who keeps his role as health secretary for England, are: Philip Dunne, who moves from the Ministry of Defence; Nicola Blackwood, chair of the science and technology committee; and David Mowat. Their full portfolios have not yet been announced. Lord Prior remains as undersecretary of state for health. (Full story at doi:10.1136/bmj.i3986)

NHS spending

Test for pregnant women could save NHS £500 000 a year

A new test for rhesus D negative pregnant women could save the NHS £500 000 (€600 000; $660 000) a year. Draft guidance from the National Institute for Health …

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