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Seven days in medicine: 15-21 April 2020

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1569 (Published 23 April 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1569

Covid-19

Care home residents and staff are promised tests

The pledge to boost covid-19 testing for staff in UK care homes must be delivered promptly and be matched with greater transparency about the number of residents dying from the virus, healthcare leaders urged. The government announced on 15 April that it would expand testing in care homes to all residents and staff with covid-19 symptoms. Currently, only the first five symptomatic residents in a care home are tested. The government also promised that all potential care home residents would now be tested before being discharged from hospital. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.m1504)

Training rotations are cancelled for May, June, and July

The UK’s statutory education bodies confirmed that all planned rotations in May, June, and July were cancelled because of the covid-19 pandemic. This will affect around 4000 doctors in training around the UK, who will now rotate at the next scheduled rotation point for their programme. A statement from the education bodies said, “We are continuing to work with partners to minimise the impact of any delayed attainment of capabilities due to the current circumstances and will ensure that these are taken into consideration in Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) and recruitment and selection processes.”

New vaccine taskforce will coordinate research

The business secretary, Alok Sharma, announced that the UK government was setting up a vaccine taskforce to coordinate the efforts of government, academia, and industry in accelerating the development …

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