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Seven days in medicine: 23-29 November 2022

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2879 (Published 01 December 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2879

Strikes

Nurses plan to strike twice this month

Members of the Royal College of Nursing in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales will strike on 15 and 20 December, after the UK government turned down formal pay negotiations. More dates could be announced if governments fail to enter formal negotiations, the college said. Saffron Cordery, interim chief executive of NHS Providers, said that there was still time to stop the strikes. “Trusts up and down the country have been planning for industrial action . . . those that are [affected] will do everything in their power to minimise disruption for patients,” she said.

Workforce

Retention must be a priority, say GP leaders

Recruitment figures from Health Education England showed that 4032 doctors accepted GP training places in 2022, against a target of 4000. The Royal College of General Practitioners and the BMA welcomed the interest in GP training but urged a greater focus on retention, as the profession was losing more GPs than it was gaining every year. David Smith, chair of the BMA’s GP trainees committee, said, “There is no point having record numbers coming in the front door if huge numbers are still leaving through the back.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.o2833)

Public health

Second monkeypox jab is offered

The NHS is offering all eligible people a second smallpox vaccine to protect against monkeypox. Almost 68 000 people have been vaccinated since the first cases in …

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