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Seven days in medicine: 31 August to 6 September 2016

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 08 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4836


NICE consults on vaccination rates

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence launched a consultation on how to increase child vaccination in England in response to falling rates. It recommends following up missed immunisations with phone calls or texts and recording all vaccinations in GP records, personal child health records, and child health information systems. Other plans include checking records of young offenders entering prison or other secure settings for any missed vaccinations. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i4769)


Planned cuts to pharmacy budget are delayed

David Mowat, a UK health minister, announced in a speech to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference in Birmingham that the government’s planned 6% cut to community pharmacy funding in October would be delayed to “make sure that we are making the correct decision.” The government had estimated that the £170m (€201m; $227m) cut could lead to 3000 pharmacies closing, which pharmacy leaders argued would make it difficult for them to relieve pressure on general practitioners and emergency departments by providing health advice.

Air pollution

Childhood air pollution affects adult lung function

People who lived in the United Kingdom’s most polluted …

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