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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 03 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4197

England consults on improving autism care: The Department of Health in England has launched a consultation on how to improve care services for adults with autism. The 12 week consultation process is seeking views from people with autism, their families, and wider society on issues such as diagnosis, training of staff, assessing needs, and local leadership in provision of NHS and social care services (

Most Scottish patients rate GPs’ care highly: The care provided by GPs in Scotland has been rated good or excellent by 90% of people who took part in a survey of just under 190 000 adult general practice patients. The survey, published by the Scottish government, found that 81% of patients rated the overall arrangements to see a doctor as good or excellent.

Americans from southern states are more likely to be uninsured: New US census data show that the northeastern state of Massachusetts has the lowest percentage of uninsured people under age 65, about 7.8%. Southern states had the highest numbers of uninsured people: nearly 27% in Texas and New Mexico and 24.2% in Florida. The figures do not show the effects of job losses resulting from the recession since 2007.

UK figures show rise in injuries on train and tube: The annual number of injuries to passengers using the UK railways and tube networks is rising, show the latest figures, for 2009-10. Just over 4200 incidents were reported in 2009, a rise of 8.4% from the 2008 figure. The rise was caused mainly by passengers falling on stairs and escalators, says a health and safety report from the Office of Rail Regulation ( The number of slips, trips, and falls rose by 17% to 1088 in 2009.

Australian antivaccination website has misleading information: The Australian Health Care Complaints Commission has ruled that the website of the Australian Vaccination Network, a non-profit organisation, contains information that is incorrect and misleading. The site quotes selectively from research to suggest that vaccination may be dangerous, the commission found during its investigation of two complaints. It ruled that the network should add information making it clear that its purpose is to provide information against vaccination and warning users that its information should not be read as medical advice.


Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4197

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