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Seven days in medicine: 7-13 June 2017

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 15 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2874

UK politics

Hunt keeps health post

The UK prime minister, Theresa May, reappointed Jeremy Hunt as health secretary after the general election on 8 June. After seeing the Conservatives’ parliamentary majority wiped out May appointed Hunt to serve in her minority government, which will attempt to govern with support from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. Hunt—already the longest serving health secretary, having held the post since September 2012—acknowledged “challenges ahead, but also huge opportunities to make our NHS even better.”

Oral health

Infants miss out on dental check-ups

Around 80% of children aged 1-2 did not visit an NHS dentist in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons found, despite guidance saying that children should start dental check-ups when they develop their first tooth. The analysis also found that almost 60% of children aged 1-4 did not have a dental check-up in the same period.

Patient partnerships

BMJ appoints two patient editors

The BMJ appointed two new patient editors to advance its patient partnership strategy. Michael Mittelman is cofounder and vice president of patient advocacy and partnerships at the American Living Organ Donor Fund, which helps living organ donors, and he is a three …

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