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Seven days in medicine: 10-16 April 2019

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 18 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1782

Emergency departments

Waiting time performance hits record low

In March, 86.6% of patients presenting to emergency departments were seen and admitted or discharged within the four hour target time, figures from NHS England showed. The annual figure in 2018-19 was 88%—the lowest level of performance against the four hour standard on record, down from 88.3% in 2017-18 (second lowest) and 89.1% in 2016-17 (third lowest).


Sultan of Brunei is told to revoke sanctions or lose honour

Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners, wrote to the Sultan of Brunei calling on him to revoke “abhorrent” sanctions in his country or have his Companion of the College honour withdrawn. The sultan was awarded the honour in 2013 for his support of the college’s work to provide primary healthcare in Brunei. Laws that punish people for their sexuality with sentences such as flogging and death by stoning “contravene our values and everything that the college stands for,” said Stokes-Lampard.

Data breaches

Company is fined £120 000 for unlawful filming in maternity clinic

The television company True Visions Productions (TVP) was fined £120 000 (€139 000; $157 000) by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office for unfairly and unlawfully filming patients at a clinic for women worried about their pregnancy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2017. Although TVP had the healthcare trust’s permission to film for a Channel 4 …

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