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Seven days in medicine: 14-20 November 2018

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 22 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4901

General practice

BMA: strip Capita of GP support contract

The BMA urged NHS England to strip Capita of its contract to provide back office support services to GPs after it emerged that as many as 48 500 women had not received information or results from cervical cancer screening because of an “administrative error.” The BMA’s GP committee said that Capita’s stewardship of the service had been “nothing short of shambolic” and urged NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, to bring primary care support services back in-house. NHS England said that all patients affected and their GPs were being contacted. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.k4832)


Half of anaesthetists have no rest facilities

The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the BMA called on the health secretary to ensure that all healthcare staff have access to high quality rest facilities, as a survey by the college found that nearly half (49%) of anaesthetists did not have access to a dedicated place to rest during or after their shift. Ravi Mahajan, college president, said, “Righting this wrong is relatively easy to solve if it is made a priority by local and national NHS leadership.”

Medical tribunals

Legal representation slashes risk of erasure

Doctors who face medical practitioner tribunals without legal representation are at much greater risk of being struck off than those who have lawyers appearing for them, data released to …

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