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Seven days in medicine: 5-11 September 2018

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 13 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3857


Cost of outsourcing NHS scans rises by a third

The NHS spent £116m (€130m; $151m) on outsourcing patient scans in 2017, up 32% from 2016, the Royal College of Radiologists reported. The college found this unsustainable and called for more funding for “home grown” radiologists. Its workforce census found that one in 10 UK radiologist jobs remained vacant in 2017, 69% of which were vacant for a year or more. Despite a 15% increase in full time radiologists in England in 2012-17, their scanning workload increased by 30%, leading to a rise in outsourcing patient scans. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.k3835)

Antibiotic resistance

Don’t shy away from recording resistance deaths, says CMO

Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, told MPs on the health and social care committee that doctors should record when a patient dies because of antimicrobial resistance to an infection, to help acknowledge this growing problem. “One of the problems is that families often don’t know that their relative’s death was because of infection, and they’re rarely told that the infection was resistant to treatment because it looks as if the NHS is failing. We shy away telling that last bit,” she said, adding that it costs the NHS around £180m a year to deal with resistant infections in patients. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.k3832)

Anti-smacking bill

Scotland moves ahead with legislation

Steve Turner, officer for Scotland at the …

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