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Seven days in medicine: 23-29 May 2018

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 31 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2356


Safe staffing bill is introduced in Scotland

The Scottish government published the Health and Care (Staffing) Scotland Bill, which will place a legal requirement on NHS boards and care services to ensure appropriate numbers of suitably trained staff at all times. In 2016 Wales became the first country in Europe to introduce safe staffing levels for nurses. The Scottish bill applies to all NHS staff and will increase pressure for similar legislation throughout the UK. The Royal College of Nursing has announced that it will launch a campaign in the autumn demanding that all UK countries introduce or extend safe staffing laws.

Doctor MPs campaign to legalise medicinal cannabis

Dan Poulter, Conservative MP and part time mental health doctor, signed up three other doctors who are also MPs to join a new parliamentary group to campaign for a change in the law to allow cannabis for medical purposes. The move follows the case of Alfie Dingley, who was treated effectively for epilepsy with cannabis oil in the Netherlands but was denied it when he came home to the UK. Another boy’s GP was reprimanded for trying to write him a cannabis prescription for a similar problem.

Data security

Medical centre is fined for leaving sensitive information in empty building

Bayswater Medical Centre in London was fined £35 000 (€39 900; $46 700) by the Information Commissioner’s Office after it left highly sensitive information including medical records, prescriptions, and patient identifiable medicine unsecured in …

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