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Seven days in medicine: 20-26 April

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 28 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2378

News from abroad

Advice for Japan’s earthquake survivors

The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, issued advice about the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis to people living in cramped conditions, such as cars and evacuation shelters, after the earthquake on 14 April. More than 90 000 people were made homeless by the earthquake on the island of Kyushu, and hospitals in the affected area have reported around 30 cases of deep vein thrombosis.

Dutch doctors prompt nuclear weapons debate

A “medical appeal” against nuclear weapons signed by 110 prominent figures in Dutch healthcare was presented to MPs in the Netherlands last week. Organised by the NVMP, the Dutch affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, it emphasised the moral and professional duty of doctors to warn society about the unmanageable consequences of nuclear war. A parliamentary debate on banning nuclear weapons, backed by the Dutch Red Cross, is due to take place on 28 April.

News from the UK

One in 10 consultant radiology posts is unfilled

The Royal College of Radiologists warned of a “looming crisis” in breast cancer screening after a survey found that 13% of consultant breast radiologist posts are unfilled. The …

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