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BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 23 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3407

Cherie Blair’s health venture fails: A UK company set up by Cherie Blair, wife of the former UK prime minister Tony Blair, and the US fund manager Gail Lese, with the intention of opening 100 health clinics in Sainsbury supermarkets, has gone into liquidation, owing money to customers and staff. The business, called Mee Healthcare which managed to open only 11 clinics, ceased trading on 18 June. At least 38 staff have lost their jobs, along with locum opticians, dentists, and other clinicians.

New UK migrant rules may “cost NHS thousands of nurses”: Thousands of foreign nurses working in junior posts in the UK could be forced to return home under new rules on immigration, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. A new pay threshold for immigrants means that non-European workers will have to leave the UK after six years if they are not earning at least £35 000. The nursing union said that the rules would “cause chaos” …

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