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Seven days in medicine: 27 March to 2 April 2019

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1524 (Published 04 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1524

Mumps

PHE issues alert after university outbreak

Public Health England reported 268 suspected cases of mumps at two universities. The outbreak was reported at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, with 51 cases confirmed as at 1 April. PHE’s Vanessa MacGregor urged school leavers and young adults who have not had two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine to get vaccinated, as they were particularly vulnerable.

Mentoring

RCPE launches scheme for physicians

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh launched a scheme to help doctors benefit from the guidance of a more experienced colleague. The programme allows all fellows and members to find their most suitable mentor by specifying criteria such as their location and specialty. The programme is currently available only to physicians who have taken the college’s membership exams. But Catherine Labinjoh of the college’s equality, diversity, and inclusivity group said she hoped it would soon be open to trainees and medical students.

Transplantation

UK urged to ban patients travelling to China over harvesting concerns

A cross party group of 40 MPs has urged the government to ban UK patients from travelling to China for transplant surgery. The call was made before the next session of an independent tribunal in London that is investigating allegations of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China. The tribunal was set up by a coalition of lawyers, ethicists, doctors, and others to determine whether China’s transplantation practices breached international criminal law. Its judgment will have implications for doctors and institutions that collaborate with China on activities related to transplantation.

Organ transplanted between HIV positive donor and recipient

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University …

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