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Seven days in medicine: 26 October to 1 November 2016

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 03 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5871

Stroke care

Music making can aid stroke recovery

A pilot programme by the UK Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Hull Integrated Community Stroke Service (part of Humber NHS Foundation Trust) showed that creative music making can benefit stroke survivors and carers. The “Strokestra” programme comprised workshops with stroke patients and their carers, led by Royal Philharmonic musicians and NHS health professionals and culminating in a high profile performance at Hull City Hall. All carers reported improvements in wellbeing and personal relationships, 86% of patients reported improvements in cognition, emotional wellbeing, and symptom relief, and 71% of patients reported physical benefits.

Doctor morale

GMC warns of doctors’ “state of unease”

A state of unease exists in the medical profession, as well as a dangerous level of alienation among junior doctors, the General Medical Council warned in its sixth annual report on UK medical education and practice. Terence Stephenson, council chair, said that the situation may affect patients as well as doctors. “The signals of distress are unmistakeable. There appears to be a general acceptance that the system cannot simply go on as before,” he said. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i5804)

Budget cuts increase strain on emergency departments

The UK government must urgently tackle underfunding in adult social care to relieve pressure on emergency departments, said the Commons Health Committee in its winter planning report. Unless the shortfall in social care provision is dealt with, it said, people will …

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