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BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4685

Regulator to review care of newborns requiring additional support: The Care Quality Commission is reviewing how infants born prematurely or who need treatment in hospital after birth are cared for by hospitals and community services. The review will start in September and cover around 20 services in England. It will look at how well staff in fetal medicine, obstetrics, and neonatal and community services work together to care for newborns with declining health problems, particularly those with hypertension and tracheostomies.

Highest ever number of drug related deaths seen in Scotland last year: Some 613 drug related deaths occurred in Scotland last year―the highest figure ever recorded. There were 16% more deaths in 2014 than in 2013, and last year was the first time in three years that the number has risen. Heroin or morphine were implicated in more than half of cases (309), and methadone, the prescribed heroin substitute, was involved in 214 cases. Almost three quarters of the deaths were in men.

Call for action to reverse downward trend in use of stop smoking services: …

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