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BMJ. 2007 July 7; 335(7609): 12.
PMCID: PMC1910636
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Cash incentive still not enough: The Australian rural medical practice offering a $A500 000 (£210 000; €310 000; $420 000) lump sum to any GP, anaesthetist, and obstetrician willing to move there says not one city based or recently qualified doctor has applied for the post (BMJ 2007;334:1292, 23 Jun doi: 10.1136/bmj.39251.641736.4E). Managers at the surgery in Temora, New South Wales, have offered the money to doctors who could stay for five years.

Oil depot fire leads to respiratory complaints: Some 240 people, including 187 members of the emergency services, attended emergency departments as a result of the fire in 2005 at the Buncefield oil depot, in Hertfordshire. The most common reasons, accounting for 66 of the attendees, were respiratory symptoms, says a report in the Journal of Public Health (2007 Jun 23 doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdm036).

Foundation trusts boost: Three more NHS foundation trusts came into effect on 1 July, bringing the total number of NHS foundation trusts in England to 70, with a combined income of £13.2bn (€19.6bn; $26.4bn). They are Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, and Gloucestershire Partnership NHS foundation trusts.

Nurse gets life for patients' deaths: A nurse has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing six patients in her care at the intensive care unit of the Charité Hospital, in Berlin, by giving them overdoses. Most of the nurse's victims had been elderly people close to death. The nurse said that she had wanted to spare the patients further suffering. Charité, Europe's biggest university hospital, was criticised throughout the trial for failing to take notice of the unusual deaths.

Tuberculosis affected hospital staff from high incidence countries: At least 105 incidents of tuberculosis infection in hospital based healthcare workers occurred in England and Wales in 2005. Most affected workers came from high incidence countries, and in most cases there had been occupational health screening before employment. No evidence showed any onward transmission within hospitals, says the Journal of Public Health (2007 Jun 28 doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdm042).

Counterfeit Zyprexa recalled: Eli Lilly has warned that three counterfeit batches of 10 mg tablets of Zyprexa (olanzapine) are on the market, two of which have already reached patients. The drug is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and similar conditions. Patients are advised to see their pharmacist if their drugs have the batch numbers A229505, A200127, or A216454 (or one of these numbers with a prefix or suffix). Patients can telephone Eli Lilly on 0800 032 0741.


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