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Seven days in medicine: 20-26 July 2016

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4148 (Published 28 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4148

Patient care campaigner is mourned

Doctor dies after raising £250 000

Kate Granger, the geriatrics consultant who led a campaign to encourage NHS staff to introduce themselves properly to patients and who published diaries of her experience with cancer, died aged 34. Granger raised more than £250 000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre from sales of her two books about having cancer. Her “Hello, my name is . . .” social media campaign has been adopted by more than 400 000 NHS staff across 90 NHS organisations and in about 100 countries. (Obituary doi:10.1136/bmj.i4144)

General practice

Patients will wait a week for GP by 2020

Patients will have to wait more than a week to see a GP on 100 million occasions by 2020-21, an analysis by the Royal College of General Practitioners showed, compared with 69 million times in 2015-16. Demand for appointments will be so high in 2020-21 that 52 million patients will be unable to get one. In 2015-16, 9.4 million were unable to secure a GP appointment and had to seek healthcare elsewhere.

Public health

Vitamin D is urged in autumn and winter

Children and adults should …

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