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Seven days in medicine: 8-14 June 2016

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 16 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3320

NHS news

Birth incident reports must improve

Investigations into stillbirths, neonatal deaths, and severe brain injuries that occur at full term must improve, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said. The college launched the Each Baby Counts initiative in 2014 to halve the number of such cases by 2020, and its first report found 921 such babies born in the United Kingdom in 2015. Of the 610 reports of such incidents 27% lacked information, and 39% included no action to improve care or made recommendations focused solely on individual actions. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i3259)

Vacant consultant posts rise in Scotland

The BMA called for urgent action on consultant numbers in Scotland after figures showed 355.4 vacant posts in March 2016, 9.8% more than 324.8 in March 2015. The number of posts vacant for six months or more rose by 14.2% to 162 over the same period. Nikki Thompson, of BMA Scotland, said that the Scottish government must recognise “a major recruitment and retention problem and [must] take action to value the consultants we have, and attract those others …

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