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Seven days in medicine: 11-17 April 2018

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 19 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1694

Patient confidentiality

NHS Digital is criticised for sharing data

The UK parliament’s House of Commons health and social care select committee reiterated its call for NHS Digital to withdraw from a memorandum of understanding with the Home Office that allows personal details to be shared, including a patient’s address and date of birth. NHS Digital is failing in its ethical duty to protect confidentiality by sharing these data with the Home Office to help track potential immigration offenders, said a damning report from the committee published on 15 April. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.k1676)

Overseas doctors

Number of non-EU doctors recruited by NHS continues to rise

The number of doctors from outside the EU applying to work in the UK has increased year on year since 2012, the General Medical Council said. Over 5000 non-EU doctors are expected to apply to work in the UK this year, 2000 more than in 2017. The regulator warned that some overseas doctors who met its requirements and were ready to work in the UK were prevented from doing so because of visa difficulties, calling on the government to tackle this. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.k1621)

Home Office drops deportation case against GP trainee

The Home Office dropped its legal case to deport a GP trainee who trained in the UK, and it will now reconsider his application to remain. Luke Ong, from Singapore, launched a petition on after …

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