News in Brief 071207

Londonwide LMCs oppose polyclinic plans
Londonwide LMCs has launched guidance entitled Keep My NHS GP Local in response to health minister Lord Darzi's polyclinic plans for London. The aim is to keep GPs and practices informed and to provide them with support during the 14-week consultation which began last week. Details at

Training costs for junior doctors soar to £6,000
The cost of being a junior doctor undertaking general medical training has increased by 93 per cent over the past seven years, according to BMA figures. The figure was £3,138.40 in 2000 and £6,054.80 in 2007.

BMA warning on internet drug purchases
The BMA has issued a warning to patients about the dangers of buying prescription drugs via the internet. It wants to work with the government and WHO to control internet sales of medicines, some of which it says are counterfeit and potentially harmful.

Tackling mental illness with football
A project using football to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness was launched by sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe this week. Coping Through Football is funded with a £212,034 grant from the Football Foundation, the UK's largest sports charity. It aims to engage 18-35-year-old men who are within the mental healthcare system but prefer not to attend the typical therapy sessions on offer. Pictured is user Jason Kelvin who said: 'I've built up a lot of lost confidence.'

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