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Seven days in medicine: 12-18 October 2022

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2493 (Published 20 October 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2493

Public health

Government must tackle HRT “postcode lottery”

Prescription costs for hormone replacement therapy in England should be scrapped as in the rest of the UK, and all women should be offered a health check at age 45 to help diagnose menopause at an earlier stage, said the All Party Parliamentary Group on Menopause. Action was also needed to tackle delayed diagnosis, difficulties in accessing HRT, and a lack of employer support, it advised, warning that a socioeconomic divide was emerging between women who could access the right care and those losing out in a “postcode lottery.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.o2464)

Scrap GDP as prosperity measure, says BMA

The UK government must regard the population’s health as crucial to sustainable economic growth rather than being dependent on a prosperous economy, the BMA said in a report, Valuing Health. It said that the “little action” being taken on the “ticking time-bomb of deteriorating population health” was “narrowly focused on the NHS, rather than the wider determinants.” The BMA called for a move beyond gross domestic product as the main measure of the country’s fortunes, as “many contributors to this metric [such as the sale of tobacco products and the destruction of the Amazon rainforest] actively harm human and planetary health and contribute to climate change.” (Full story doi10.1136/bmj.o2466)

NHS pressures

Elective waiting list reaches seven million

Medical leaders have …

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