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Seven days in medicine: 24-30 August 2016

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4696 (Published 01 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4696

NHS

Citizenship rights for NHS staff from EU

The NHS would collapse without the 57 000 EU nationals who make up 5% of its 1.2 million workers, the Institute for Public Policy Research said (www.ippr.org). The think tank found that the number of EU nationals employed by the NHS has increased rapidly in the past few years, now accounting for one in 10 NHS doctors. It said that EU citizens working in the NHS should be offered automatic British citizenship free of charge “to recognise the importance of their contribution and safeguard public health.”

NHS trust finances improve in first quarter

The NHS provider sector recorded a combined deficit of £461m (€548m; $611m) in the first three months of 2016-17, £5m ahead of budget, figures from NHS Improvement showed. This is an improvement on the £930m deficit in the same quarter last year, against a backdrop of rising demand—particularly in emergency departments, which saw a 6.3% rise in attendances year on year and a 6.4% rise in admissions.

Regulation

Tighter regulation for cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery clinics will come under closer scrutiny and be rated like general practitioners and hospitals under new government plans. The Department of Health for England launched a consultation proposing that the Care Quality …

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