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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:398

World charter against cancer signed: Over 100 world leaders in government, patient advocacy, and cancer research have signed the Charter of Paris Against Cancer, a call for action that sets out the steps the signatories propose to take.

UK lottery money will fund cancer care: The Living with Cancer programme in England, announced last week, will be funded with £23m ($36.8m) from the new opportunities fund, which uses lottery money to support good causes. The money will enable people with advanced cancer to be cared for at home. Further details at

First liver and bone marrow transplant in UK: The world's first combined liver and bone marrow transplant was carried out on an 18 year old man at King's College Hospital, London, in November 1998 and recently reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (2000;342:320-4;

Women in England denied access to safe abortions: Women in England are being denied access to technological advances for safe, effective abortions, according to the Family Planning Association in Medical Abortion: Meeting Women's Needs. Fewer than one in five women having an early abortion—in the first nine weeks of pregnancy—on the NHS will receive a medical termination. The report is available by telephoning 020 7923 5201/2/3.

Ambulance service owes a “duty of care”: A UK High Court ruling that a woman should be paid £360000 ($576000) because an ambulance took 34 minutes to arrive after she had an asthma attack has been upheld in the Court of Appeal. She is now brain damaged. Lord Woolf said that the ambulance service was different from the police and fire services and should be regarded as “providing services of the category provided by hospitals.”

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