16:45 The BMA’s lead on GP education and training, Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, is going to be on BBC radio this evening discussing GP recruitment.
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Dr Kasaraneni said he would be setting out to the public how recruitment problems are hampering GP services.
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Also due to be on radio discussing GP recruitment is Pulse deputy editor Jaimie Kaffash, who will be interviewed by Sky tomorrow morning.
12:40 Pupils at school should be taught about the benefits and difficulties of breastfeeding, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has said.
It said this comes as just a third of UK babies are breastfed at six months old – one of the lowest rates in Europe, reports the BBC.
College president Professor Neena Modi said they were upset to find that there’s a stigma around the practice already among children.
She said: ‘When we asked groups of children and young people what they thought about breastfeeding, we were really surprised – and a little bit upset – to hear the word “yucky” being used by them.
‘Clearly the perception that we, as a society, are giving children, is not the perception we want them to be getting.’
09:30 The BMA and Londonwide LMCs have questioned advice from NHS England London for GPs to ask patients in high-rise dwellings about fire safety.
Although ‘well-intended’, they strongly suggest advising on fire alarms and escape routes is the responsibility of the landlord rather than the doctor – who is already attempting to squeeze in multiple bits of complex medical advice into a ten-minute consultation.
But then again, as Dr David Turner says: ‘I know as much about fire alarms as Jeremy Hunt does about running a health service, so why not?’