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Seven days in medicine: 6-12 June 2018

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 14 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2573

General practice

Target to recruit 5000 GPs by 2020 will be missed, Hunt admits

Jeremy Hunt, England’s health secretary, admitted that the government will struggle to fulfil its pledge to increase the number of GPs in England by 5000 by 2020. The pledge was made in 2015, but the number of GPs has fallen by over 1000 in the past year. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper Hunt said that “we are struggling to deliver that pledge, but I’m absolutely determined to do so. This is not a pledge that we’re abandoning . . . it’s just taking a bit longer than I had hoped.”

Vulnerable people were wrongfully refused GP registration

A fifth of vulnerable patients in England are being wrongfully refused registration at GP surgeries despite being entitled to access, research by the campaign group Doctors of the World UK showed. In 2017, 337 of 1717 attempts by the group’s case workers to register patients with their local GP were refused. Two thirds of refusals were due to lack of ID or proof of address, while 34 (10%) were based on the patient’s immigration status. Pregnant women, children, homeless people, and victims of torture and trafficking were among those wrongly turned away.


High Court rejects challenge to NHS prescription ban

A legal challenge by the British Homeopathic Association to NHS England guidance stating that GPs should not prescribe homeopathic treatments was comprehensively rejected …

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