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Seven days in medicine: 29 May to 4 June 2019

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 06 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4025

Sexual health services

MPs call for action on variation

The latest statistics on sexual health in England seem positive but mask some worrying underlying trends and inequality in access, MPs warned. A report by the Commons Health and Social Care Committee said that, although the overall number of STIs and teenage pregnancies is falling, diagnoses of syphilis and gonorrhoea are still rising, antimicrobial resistance is becoming a major problem in treating gonorrhoea, and mycoplasma genitalium—a newly discovered STI commonly misdiagnosed as chlamydia—is an emerging threat. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.l4014)


NHSE’s cancer scanning procurement is criticised

Oxfordshire County Council’s joint health overview and scrutiny committee strongly criticised NHS England over plans to outsource local cancer scanning services to a private company, InHealth. In a letter to England’s health secretary Matt Hancock, seen by The BMJ, councillors accused NHSE of “flagrant disregard” for a legal obligation to consult the committee before it put services for combined positron emission tomography and computed tomography out to tender. At the committee’s request Hancock is considering the case and its potential impact on patients. NHSE insisted that it had engaged with the committee. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.l2400)

Climate change

Doctors form Extinction Rebellion group

Over 200 doctors from various specialties joined forces to fight climate change and promote planetary and public health as part of a new group, Doctors for Extinction Rebellion. The group initially met through social media and is now holding meetings around the UK. Its creation comes in response to …

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