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Seven days in medicine: 8-14 March

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1298 (Published 16 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1298

Abortion

MP calls for changes to law

A bill to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales get a second reading in the House of Commons after a close vote on 13 March (172 for, 142 against). MP Diana Johnson called for sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 to be scrapped. Under the law women who use pills that they buy over the internet to terminate a pregnancy at home without the consent of two doctors can be prosecuted and face life imprisonment. Doctors helping women could also be prosecuted. The law was outdated and provided a “criminal framework [to abortion] that does not apply to other areas of healthcare,” Johnson said.

Neurology services

A fifth of hospitals have neurologist shortage

A survey by the Association of British Neurologists shows that one in five UK hospitals had access to neurologists on three days a week or less and six hospitals had no acute neurology service at all. It showed that 93% of neuroscience centres provided a seven day ward consultation service, while 26% of district general hospitals provided a ward consultation service on three days a week or less.

Sepsis

Treat sepsis within an hour, says NICE

GPs, paramedics, and emergency department staff should check …

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