Seven days in medicine: 1-7 March 2017

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 08 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1208

Care of elderly people

Uber to transport elderly patients

The app based taxi firm Uber has signed a partnership with the technology company Cera to transport elderly patients from their homes. The plan will see drivers given training in disabilities and access to cars that can accommodate wheelchairs. In a separate deal, Cera has joined forces with Barts Health NHS Trust in London and three clinical commissioning groups to deliver home care to patients, including those with dementia and cancer. Ministers said that the “innovative” plans could help reduce the number of delayed discharges from hospital.

Devolved nations

Welsh GPs to get rise in pay and expenses

GPs in Wales will share in an extra £27m (€31m; $33m) as part of the new GP contract for 2017-18. The extra funding includes an increase of 2.7% for pay and expenses, comprising a pay rise of 1%, a general expenses increase of 1.4% to cover practice costs, and contributions to the rising costs of professional indemnity and pensions administration. It also includes an increase in funding for maternity leave, parental leave, and sickness absence and a contribution towards the business improvement levy.

Northern Ireland health minister urged to work with GPs

At the annual conference of Northern Ireland’s local medical committees in Belfast, Tom Black, chair of the BMA’s Northern Ireland GPs committee, urged the incoming health minister to decide whether he wanted to work with …

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