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Junior doctors' job offers withdrawn after blunder

Junior doctors' job offers withdrawn after blunder

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Up to 1,500 junior doctors who were offered posts as registrars have had their job offers withdrawn, following a mistake in the recruitment process. The Royal College of Physicians, which oversaw the recruitment, apologised, blaming human error. It said the process would have to be re-run.In a statement, the British Medical Association said it was "appalled"."We cannot express how unacceptable we find this situation," adding: "This has caused extreme anxiety for trainees."The junior doctors were alerted to the error just before 17:00 BST on Friday, at the start of the bank holiday weekend. Fellow doctors described juniors as being in tears. Many were set to uproot their families to take up the job offers, selling homes, putting offers down on houses, moving children to new schools and par...
No drop in flu vaccinations since nasal spray withdrawn, CDC says

No drop in flu vaccinations since nasal spray withdrawn, CDC says

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FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 -- Discontinuation of the pain-free nasal spray flu vaccine hasn't led to a drop in childhood influenza vaccination -- at least not in Oregon.In 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory committee on vaccines reported that the nasal spray vaccine, FluMist, was ineffective and advised against its use.Doctors and health officials then feared that with only an injectable vaccine available, needle-shy parents might avoid getting their children vaccinated, said Steve Robison, who is with the Oregon Health Authority.However, "worry that the withdrawal of the nasal spray vaccine recommendation would lead to a large drop in influenza immunization rates for children was unfounded," said Robison, who led a study on the recommendation's aftereffects.Pro...