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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7267.978/b (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:978

NHS appoints new chief executive and permanent secretary: Nigel Crisp will take over as chief executive and permanent secretary of the NHS in England from 1 November. Mr Crisp, aged 48, who is at present regional NHS director for London, has worked in industry and the voluntary sector and joined the NHS in 1986.

First outbreak of Ebola virus confirmed in Uganda: The World Health Organization, with its partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, is coordinating the international response to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Gulu district, northern Uganda.

Agency warns on arthritis drug: The European Medicines Evaluation Agency has urged doctors to exercise caution when prescribing etanercept (Enbrel), Wyeth's treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, after 10 reports of serious blood reactions, five of them fatal.

BMA gold medal awarded to Sir Anthony Grabham: The BMA's council has awarded its gold medal for distinguished merit to Sir Anthony Grabham. Sir Anthony chaired the Central Consultants and Specialists Committee from 1975 to 1979; the BMA's council from 1979 to 1984; and the Joint Consultants Committee from 1984 to 1990; and is now chairman of the journal committee.

Young Americans support parental consent for abortion: Two thirds of young Americans aged 18 to 24 who are due to vote in the forthcoming presidential election support legislation to require girls aged under 18 to obtain parental consent before having an abortion, according to poll results released last week.

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