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Seven days in medicine: 4-10 October 2017

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 12 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4670

GP crisis

BMA calls for urgent meeting with health secretary

Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s general practitioners committee, wrote to England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, calling for an urgent meeting to discuss the pressures on general practice and warning that practices could be forced to close to new patients. The move follows Hunt’s speech at the Conservative conference, which the BMA criticised for offering no immediate, practical solutions to problems such as patient demand and staff shortages. Vautrey wrote, “With unprecedented patient demand, a recruitment and retention crisis, huge workforce shortfalls and major premises problems, it is no wonder that GPs are having to consider action such as suspending their patient lists.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.j4590)

Junior doctors

Campaign calls for rethink on job titles

Doctors and academics who are members of the Oxford Health Alliance called for a “rethink” on the use of the terms “junior” and “trainee” in reference to doctors in training, which they say are “discriminatory and belittling, untruthful in [their] application and harmful to morale.” Both terms should be abandoned in favour of terms that reflect the seniority and skills of this group of doctors, the alliance argues. Health Education England said that it cannot change these terms but is willing to discuss the issue, while the Department of Health said that it would review the use of the terms.

Assisted dying

Man with advanced MND loses challenge

Noel Conway, 67, who has advanced motor neurone disease, lost his challenge to the legal ban on assisted suicide in England and Wales. He argued that the law condemned him to “unimaginable …

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