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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 09 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1430

Blair announces plans for winter: The UK prime minister, Tony Blair, warned this week that patients would endure winter pressures in the NHS for several more years until increased government spending had time to take effect. But, he said, there were 445 extra critical care beds in the NHS compared with last winter, and 3.2 million more doses of flu vaccine had been used.

Malaria epidemic hits Burundi: A malaria epidemic that has already affected an estimated 276000 people in the northern highland districts of Burundi could affect hundreds of thousands more with the advent of the rainy season, the secretariat of the Roll Back Malaria campaign at the World Health Organization has warned.

Journalists to receive guidance on reporting schizophrenia: The World Psychiatric Association is to circulate a guide for journalists and broadcasters on how to report on schizophrenia. The guide was developed in a collaborative effort by the National Union of Journalists, Schizophrenia Ireland, the Mental Health Association of Ireland, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Irish College of General Practitioners, and the Eli Advisory Committee on Schizophrenia.

Nottingham University criticised for taking tobacco money: Nottingham University is to take £3.8m ($5.32m) from British American Tobacco to finance a school of business ethics. The Cancer Research Campaign claimed that the university had “sold out,” and the antismoking group ASH branded the support “blood money.” wins award:, the electronic version of the BMJ, came first in the “best business product or service” category in the Interactive Publishing Awards 2000 last week. The award was given by the Periodical Publishers Association Interactive, which said about “A very traditional print product has been transformed by new technology without losing the authority and trust it has established.”

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