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Seven days in medicine: 29 November to 5 December 2017

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5643 (Published 07 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5643

Immigration

Scrap detention centres to protect migrant health

Immigration detention centres should be phased out and replaced with more humane means of monitoring people who face removal from the UK because of the effects of detention on migrants’ health, a BMA report says.1 It warns that staff shortages and problems in assessing patients lead to missed targets to give detainees the same healthcare as the general public, adding that people with complex health needs may not be properly treated while in detention. While detention continues, the report recommends a clear limit on how long people can be held in detention, saying that detainees’ healthcare rights should not be infringed.

Falls

Trust is fined £333 000 over five deaths from falls

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust was fined £333 000 (€378 000; $446 000) and ordered to pay £130 000 in costs after it was prosecuted by the UK Health and Safety Executive for failing to protect five elderly patients who died after falls in hospital. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said that the trust had had inadequate risk assessment, handover, and enhanced care arrangements in 2011-12, when the falls occurred. He ruled that the trust’s failings were a significant cause or contributory factor in four of the five deaths. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.j5606)

Radiology

CQC reviews reporting throughout NHS

The Care Quality Commission asked all radiology departments in England to report details of their backlogs, turnaround times, staffing, and arrangements for routine reporting of images …

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