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Seven days in medicine: 28 August to 3 September 2019

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 05 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5362

General practice

Fully qualified FTEs decline in England

The number of fully qualified, full time equivalent (FTE) GPs in England fell by 2% in the past 12 months, figures from NHS Digital showed. FTE GPs excluding registrars numbered 28 257 in June 2019, down from 28 833 in June 2018. Their number has also fallen in the past quarter, down by 1.5% from 28 697 in March 2019. But the overall number of FTE GPs including registrars rose by 264 (0.8%) in the past 12 months.

NHS buildings

Lack of investment puts patients at risk, trusts warn

Some 82% of NHS trust leaders (161) think that restrictions on access to capital funding are creating a medium or high risk to patient safety and could undermine plans to transform services, a survey by NHS Providers found. The prime minister’s recent capital announcement can be considered only “a first down payment,” it said, given a £6bn (€6.6bn; $7.3bn) backlog maintenance bill that has left trusts unable to fix or replace leaking roofs, broken boilers, ligature points in psychiatric facilities, and outdated technology—even before any investment can be made in new buildings and services.

Measles and mumps

Officials call to boost MMR uptake after cases surge

Public Health England urged parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated regardless …

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