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Seven days in medicine: 3-9 May 2017

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 11 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2263

UK general election

GP will stand against Hunt for second time

Louise Irvine, a GP in Lewisham, London, will stand for a second time against the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in the 8 June general election in the South West Surrey constituency. The Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party, the Green Party, and the National Health Action Party—under whose banner Irvine will stand—agreed that one progressive alliance candidate would have the best chance of unseating Hunt. In 2015 Hunt was voted in with 34 199 votes, while the other four parties collectively gained 16 957 votes. In 1997 the Liberal Democrat candidate got 43.6% of the vote when he stood against Virginia Bottomley (Conservative), who got 45.3%.


Hunt plans inquiry into rogue surgeon

England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced plans for an inquiry into Ian Paterson, a breast surgeon believed to have carried out negligent or unnecessary surgery on more than 1000 women.1 Paterson will be sentenced later this month for 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding. Hunt said that the Conservative government, if re-elected, would carry out a “comprehensive and focused inquiry to ensure that any lessons are learnt in the interests of ensuring patients are protected in future.”

GP appointments

Patients value listening skills most

Patients were willing to wait an extra 3.5 weeks for an appointment with a doctor with good or very …

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