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Seven days in medicine: 1-7 Jan 2020

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m32 (Published 09 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m32

Alcohol

New commission calls for doctors to share evidence on harm

Healthcare professionals were asked to submit evidence for an upcoming inquiry into alcohol and potential policy changes needed to reduce the harms. The Commission on Alcohol Harm will hold three oral evidence sessions around the UK later this year as part of the inquiry. It said it was keen to receive evidence from people working in all medical specialties with experience of the consequences of alcohol harm, in their work or personal lives. It will accept written evidence submissions until 17 February 2020.1

Climate emergency

RCP disinvests from companies that are not cutting emissions

As part of its new climate policy the Royal College of Physicians of London will halt any investment in companies that don’t align their business with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The college will immediately disinvest from major US oil and gas companies that have not acted on climate change, the policy states. Using insight from the Transition Pathway Initiative or an equivalent tool it will, by the end of 2020, also disinvest from any oil, gas, or mining company that hasn’t set emission targets.

Hospital parking

Free parking will end charges for night staff

From April all 206 hospital trusts in England will be expected to offer free …

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