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Seven days in medicine: 30 Jan to 5 Feb 2019

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l550


GPs should consider statins “for all over 75s”

Statins should be considered for everyone over 75, said the authors of a large meta-analysis published in the Lancet, which found that they reduced major vascular events such as myocardial infarction and stroke in patients of all ages. Only a third of the UK’s 5.5 million over 75s take statins, and 8000 deaths a year could be prevented if they all took them, said Colin Baigent, director of the Medical Research Council Population Health Research Unit at the University of Oxford, which conducted the research.

Emergency care

NHS is criticised for four hour target review

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s lead patient representative wrote an open letter to the head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, strongly criticising plans to review the target for 95% of patients presenting to emergency departments to be admitted, transferred, or discharged within four hours. Derek Prentice urged Stevens to provide evidence that senior doctors support the plan. “I would have thought that no one wants to go back to the days of endless hours of waiting in [emergency] departments,” wrote Prentice. “Removing the standard will do this and hide the true scale of problems within our health service.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.l526)

Sanitary products

BMA: all NHS bodies should provide free products

Many UK hospital trusts and health boards provide no free sanitary products for patients, an investigation by the BMA found. The …

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