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Seven days in medicine: 6-12 Nov 2019

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 14 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6455


GPs are unsure that referrals lead to treatment

Over three quarters (76%) of 1008 GPs surveyed by the UK charity YoungMinds said that they did not usually feel confident that a referral to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) would result in treatment.1 Nearly half (47%) agreed that they sometimes acted above their level of competency when supporting young people with mental health problems, and 59% agreed that they had not had enough training to do so. The charity called on the next government to prioritise early intervention in young people’s mental health problems.


Former health secretary and NICE pioneer dies

Frank Dobson, who served as Labour health secretary under Tony Blair from 1997 to 1999, died at age 79 after being ill for several months. He was MP for Holborn and St Pancras for 36 years and retired from politics in 2014. As health secretary, Dobson abolished the internal market in the NHS and launched the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 1999 to decide which drugs the NHS should fund to overcome a “postcode lottery,” which had led to widespread variation in drug availability around the country.

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Medicine sees record number of applications

Applications to study UK medicine courses (medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science) starting in September 2020 increased by 6% to …

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