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Prime minister Tony Blair is today expected to make a 'key announcement' on cancer services at a summit of health ministers, charities and clinicians. The summit will include a seminar hosted by Mr Blair. The announcement is expected to cover 'cancer services across the board'.

Community health councils have set up a London-wide body to mirror the capital's NHS region. It will be chaired by Elizabeth Manero, chair of Barnet CHC, but will not replace the Greater London Association of CHCs, which is mainly involved in research, information and training.

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British ambassadors are to be banned from helping tobacco firms to promote cigarettes abroad. Health secretary Frank Dobson will tell the World Health Organisation about Foreign Office guidance which orders diplomats not to endorse tobacco companies and to refuse invitations to functions sponsored by them.

Health minister John Denham has rejected North Essex health authority's plans to change Ongar War Memorial Hospital into a nursing home. HA chief executive Nigel Beverley said the authority backed the minister's call for a complete review of local health services.

A King's Fund report this week calls for more resources to implement clinical governance. The report examines 16 local projects which worked to involve patients and carers in defining, measuring and reviewing clinical governance.

Experience, Evidence and Everyday Practice. King's Fund bookshop, 0171- 307 2591.£12.95.

The number of patients waiting for heart transplants has risen by 16 per cent since last year. Statistics from the UK Transplant Support Service Authority show 226 patients waiting for heart transplants in March 1999, compared to 194 in 1998.

Transplant Update. UK Transplant Support Service Authority. 0117 9757575. Free.