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Seven days in medicine: 2-8 November 2016

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 10 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6018


Local taxation should pay for health

Local areas of England should have the power to raise funds for health and social care through taxation, said a report from the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. It found too much confusion between the roles of national and local health and care bodies, saying that a precept enabling local councils to raise additional funds for social care through taxation should be extended to include health. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i5938)

General practice

One in 100 out-of-hours users needs hospital care

Nearly 1% of patients consulting out-of-hours primary care services require urgent hospital admission within three days, and older patients, prior users, and those presenting at less busy times are most at risk, showed a study of 496 931 patient presentations to out-of-hours services in Oxfordshire, UK, from June 2010 to August 2014. The study, reported in the British Journal of General Practice, found that more than two thirds (68.5%) of these patients had been discharged by out-of-hours services with no follow-up or with advice to contact their own general practitioner. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i5974)

Child health

Rates of child obesity rise

More than a third of children aged 10-11 in England are overweight or obese, figures from the national child measurement programme showed. The 2015-16 data showed that obesity …

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