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Seven days in medicine: 3-9 August 2016

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4374 (Published 11 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4374

Poverty

Healthcare is biggest cost of UK poverty

The effects of poverty cost the United Kingdom £78bn (€91.3bn; $101.7bn) a year in public services, a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found.1 The largest chunk of that money (£29bn; 37%) goes on health conditions linked to poverty, often in adults more prone to early onset of various conditions than those on higher incomes. Most other costs are from children’s and adults’ social services, housing, police and criminal justice, and schools.

Chickenpox

No new vaccination advice until 2017

Public Health England will make no immediate changes to its advice on who should be vaccinated against chickenpox, after a mother whose son was hospitalised for five days with the disease urged the NHS to offer the vaccine to all people who wanted it for themselves or their children. The vaccine is currently offered only to healthcare workers who are not immune to chickenpox and to people who come into close contact with someone with a compromised immune system. A report on whether to expand this advice is expected in 2017.

Illicit drugs

Hospital admissions for poisoning by illicit drugs rise

England had 14 280 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis …

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