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Illicit drug use should not be a crime, says Royal College of Physicians


The Royal College of Physicians of London has joined calls for an end to criminal sanctions against people who take drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and cannabis for non-medical reasons.The college now...(image)

NHS accountable care organisations would be unlawful, campaigners tell High Court


The NHS would be exceeding its legal powers by going ahead with its plans for accountable care organisations (ACOs), campaigners have told a High Court judge in the first of two legal challenges to...(image)

MHRA bans valproate prescribing for women not in pregnancy prevention programme


The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has banned the antiepileptic drug sodium valproate in the UK in all women of childbearing potential who are not enrolled in a pregnancy...(image)

Troubled rebuild of Stockholm’s landmark hospital has cost twice as much as planned


An ambitious project to establish one of the most advanced and specialised hospitals in Europe has cost twice as much as planned and remains unfinished because of financial and operational...(image)

Anger as Alfie’s Army protests outside Alder Hey


bmj;361/apr25_13/k1801/FAF1faPeter Byrne/PACrowds, rallied by social media postings, try to storm Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool on Monday 23 April, after the parents of Alfie Evans lost...(image)

Lucy Kalanithi: Work, life, grief, love


bmj;361/apr25_12/k1220/FAF1faDuncan SmithBiographyLucy Kalanithi is an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford Medical School in California and is the widow of Paul Kalanithi, whose posthumous...(image)