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More doctors and fewer managers are working for NHS: The NHS workforce census shows that 3267 more doctors are now working for the NHS than there were in September 2005 and that the number of managers has fallen by 2508 full time equivalent posts. The overall number of people working for the NHS has fallen by 17000 since September 2005.
Death toll from indoor air pollution is heavy: Reliance on solid fuels is one of the 10 most important threats to public health, says the World Health Organization. In the 21 most badly affected countries, nearly 5% of mortality and disease is caused by indoor air pollution. In 11 countries (Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania) indoor air pollution causes 1.2 million deaths a year.
Doctors should report faulty medical equipment to reduce mortality: The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency is asking healthcare professionals to report medical equipment that has developed faults or does not perform as intended (adverse incident hotline: 020 70843080; or go to www.mhra.gov.uk). Currently the agency handles 8500 incidents related to faulty medical equipment each year, approximately 1500 of which result in serious injury or death.
Relief agency pulls out of Afghanistan: The Italian non-governmental organisation Emergency (www.emergency.it), which ran three hospitals and 25 first aid posts in Afghanistan, has left the country for security reasons, after being publicly accused by the head of the Afghan secret services of supporting the Taliban and terrorism. The organisation, which has been in Afghanistan since 1999, has helped more than 1.5 million war victims.
Industry will regulate non-surgical cosmetic treatments: The Department of Health has asked the cosmetic surgery industry to improve the safety of cosmetic treatments that include botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. The umbrella group Independent Healthcare Advisory Services, whose members include many of the major cosmetic surgery providers, will take the lead in establishing a self regulatory scheme.
Junior doctors' application site closes: The website of the Medical Training Application Service programme closed last week following a security lapse. For regular updates on the debacle surrounding the Medical Training Application Service see http://blogs.bmj.com/category/comment/mtas/