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BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 20 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4484

England has worst figures yet on cancer treatment targets: The proportion of patients in England being treated within 62 days of an urgent referral from a GP for cancer fell to 82% between April and June this year, the lowest since records began in 2009. The target is for 85% of patients to have started treatment within this time. At the same point in 2013 86.9% of patients with an urgent referral for suspected cancer were treated within the target time.

Motorists are reminded of new law on smoking in vehicles: The Department of Health for England is boosting publicity that motorists and passengers could be liable to a fine of £50 (€70; $80) if they smoke in a vehicle with anyone under age 18 on board from 1 October, when a new law comes into effect. The penalty will also apply to convertibles or cars with an open sunroof and to motor homes when used as …

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