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Seven days in medicine: 2-8 January 2019

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 10 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l82

Mental health

Lack of services puts young people at risk, say GPs

In a survey of 1000 GPs conducted on behalf of the mental health charity Stem4, almost all (99%) feared that young people in the UK risk harm while waiting for specialist mental health treatment. Most GPs (90%) also thought that mental health services for young people had deteriorated over the past two years. Stem4’s founder, Nihara Krause, said, “Even though this government has promised more funding, nothing much has changed, except that we now know that more children and young people have a mental health condition.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.k5436)

Sex discrimination

Female surgeons report workplace discrimination

Over half of female UK surgeons have faced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace, suggested a confidential online poll of 81 female surgeons (response rate 42%) published in the online journal BMJ Open.1 Orthopaedics was seen as the most sexist surgical specialty, followed by cardiothoracic and general surgery. Most respondents (88%) said that surgery remained male dominated, and 59% had reported or witnessed discrimination against women in the workplace. Although women make up over half of medical school entrants in the UK, less than a third choose a career in surgery.


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