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Seven days in medicine: 29 May to 4 June 2024

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 06 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1221

Physician associates

BMA “clarifies” MAP supervision details

Medical associate professionals (MAPs), including physician associates, must have an immediately available, named supervisor in all healthcare settings, the BMA has said in new guidance. It emphasised the importance of supervisory doctors having allotted time for discussions with MAPs and for reviewing patients, in accordance with existing national guidance on scope of practice. Phil Banfield, BMA chair of council, said this would ensure that doctors and employers were clear about their responsibilities and would win confidence among staff and the public, but NHS Employers criticised the BMA for not involving other organisations in the guidance. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.q1148)

Cancer vaccines

NHS England launches scheme to boost sign-ups

Thousands of patients being treated for cancer in England could be invited to take part in trials of personalised cancer vaccines as part of the NHS Cancer Vaccine Launch Pad scheme. The announcement comes as the first patient in England was treated with a personalised vaccine against bowel cancer, after an agreement with the German biotechnology company BioNTech to provide as many as 10 000 patients with precision cancer immunotherapies by 2030. The vaccines currently being trialled use mRNA and aim to stop cancer returning by enabling the patient’s immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.q1212)

Community services

Shift of spending has not matched promises

Promises by governments to move more care in England from hospitals …

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