Years And Years Of Training To Be A Doctor Has Led To Today

Dr Charlie Bell | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK
Dr Charlie Bell

For someone who has spent the last decade of my life preparing for this, I don't feel terribly ready - but I imagine that's how most people feel when they go on the wards for the first time. I also know there will be a bunch of very experienced, and as I have found out, very supportive and kind doctors who will be able to make sure I get it right. Being a doctor isn't about being a superhero - it's about working with a team of other incredible healthcare workers, from nurses to physiotherapists, doctors to receptionists, to help your patient.

Brexit Could Cost NHS Extra Half A Billion If Expats Return Home, Warns Nuffield Trust

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Politics

The NHS could be landed with a bill of nearly half a billion pounds if retired British expats decide to return home if their right to healthcare in Eu...

Politicians Ignore The NHS At Their Peril

Jeeves Wijesuriya | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jeeves Wijesuriya

With another General Election taking place in just a few weeks, politicians of all parties can no longer duck the crisis in the NHS. Funding, public health, patient safety, the crisis in general practice, the future of EU staff working in the NHS - these should be key election issues rather than pushed to the margins because of a narrow focus on Brexit. Consecutive governments have been in denial about the state of the NHS and when it comes to elections have chosen to use it as a political football. Our health and social care systems can no longer cope without urgent action.

Ministers Claim The NHS Is Getting The Money It Needs - The Facts Prove The Opposite

Luciana Berger | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

We must tackle the widening inequality in health outcomes between rich and poor. We must transform how we contend with mental health, and deliver true parity between physical and mental healthcare. We must properly integrate our health and social care services. It will once again be incumbent on a Labour government to appropriately resource our NHS to ensure people live longer, healthier lives.

Boosting Medical Morale By Caring For The Carers

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Hannah Barham-Brown

Since qualifying, I have always had one eye to the future, worried about what will happen to my career and my relationships, and how my disability could make a hard career even tougher. While this victory with HEE is not going to improve everything, I now know that I will not struggle alone, isolated from my loved ones, while fighting a body that never learnt the rules. We still have a way to go, but I'm going to savour this win for a long while.

A Fully Self-Sufficient, 'Home-Grown' NHS Would Be Bad For Medicine And Bad For Patient Care

Dr Mark Porter | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Mark Porter

It would be a travesty if these announcements have only been made to pander to a political audience rather than to solve the very real staffing problems within the NHS, or to improve patient care. The government must tackle the root causes of this workforce crisis and the reasons why so many UK-trained doctors are considering leaving the NHS rather than forcing doctors to stay in the health service.

Jeremy Hunt To Staff NHS With 'Home-Grown' Doctors

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt is to dramatically expand the number of ‘home-grown’ doctors in a bid to replace overseas medics in the wake of Brexit. The Health Sec...

Support For Junior Doctors Begins To Slip Away As BMA Calls Off Strike

Matthew Smith | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics
Matthew Smith

The BMA has called off next week's junior doctors' strike, citing patient safety concerns. This may prove to be a prudent move, as new YouGov data reveals that the public increasingly believes that junior doctors are wrong to go on strike.

Junior Doctors Chief Skewered On BBC For Dodging Question On Strike Support Six Times

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK

The leader of the British Medical Association repeatedly refused to answer a question on whether a vote for a fresh junior doctors strike, which will ...

Studying The Kiwis: Could Britain's Junior Doctors Learn From New Zealand?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

Based on their track record, would they have hesitated to legally challenge the UK government: particularly on Jeremy Hunt's early assertion that we do not already have a seven-day emergency NHS, a proclamation which has already led to well-documented patient harm?

A Motivated, Valued Workforce Is Vital for the NHS - We Will Do Our Part With Government to Achieve That Goal

Johann Malawana | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Johann Malawana

Junior doctors have absolutely no interest in political victories, we want there to be less politics in the NHS, not more, and we want to refocus a generation of doctors on the important work ahead, to deliver an NHS we all can be proud of.

Should Junior Doctors Strike or Not?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

The responsibility lies with the government; they have chosen to spend £9m on a leaflet about Brexit without spending this on having more junior doctors or investing in a better contract for junior doctors.

For Junior Doctors, Striking Today Is an Act of Desperation

Johann Malawana | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Johann Malawana

Doing battle with the junior doctors, smearing them, ignoring them, trying to silence them, is the perfect way to obliterate goodwill and turn kindness into jaded disinterest. A generation of junior doctors is desperate here. Striking is an act of desperation. Jeremy Hunt claims he supports NHS whistleblowers. Yet now, faced with 54,000 of them, he's using every trick in the book to silence them. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Eternal Souring of a Spotless Mind

Simon Fairweather | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

I have been missing in action for a good couple of months. For fine reason too, a membership examination followed by a brutal rota stint that left me ...

Imposing Figures, Imposing Contracts: How 2016 Compares With 1975 For Junior Doctors

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 08.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Tony Rao

After another 48 hour strike by junior doctors, the clock is still ticking for Jeremy Hunt to come off his bike and move back into the negotiating roo...

It Doesn't Have to Be Like This - The Government Must Listen to Its Own on the Junior Doctor Contract

Johann Malawana | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Politics
Johann Malawana

Doctors' contracts are not the problem, but this contract is: it puts the long-term delivery of patient care at risk and the future for our patients, our profession and the NHS as a whole shouldn't be up for negotiation.

Junior Doctors Escalate Strike Action, Plan Full Walkout Next Month

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK

Junior doctors will stage the first full walkout in the history of the NHS next month. The British Medical Association announced on Wednesday that ind...

What Now From the Junior Doctors?

Adam Staten | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Staten

Hunt has responded to the strikes with aggression and that is all he will understand in return. The BMA needs to up its game.

Junior Doctors: Drowning, or Riding the Waves?

Holly Ni Raghallaigh | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Politics
Holly Ni Raghallaigh

Just over a week ago, Einstein's theory of gravitational waves was finally proven. Queue a lot of scientists, jumping up and down. Meanwhile, some spe...

It's Not Fair, Not Safe: An American Medic's Support of Junior Doctors and the NHS

Jinnie Shin | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jinnie Shin

Before moving to London in August, I couldn't conceive of anything close to the NHS. A structured, uniform service that trains highly competent doctors while providing healthcare for free. For everyone. Inconceivable. And yet, here I am as a first-year medical student, learning, observing, and participating firsthand in this incredible institution that indiscriminately treats anyone that walks through its doors. Here, when you are ill you are a person who needs healthcare, not a walking insurance card with a set deductible.

High Stakes Poker - 'All In'

Simon Fairweather | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

Interestingly, the legal action route has already started. Part of a disagreement between an employer (government) and employee (BMA by proxy) in varying a contract of employment is involving a mediator - in this case Acas.

Yes, It IS About the Money

Dr. M Ali Abbasi | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Dr. M Ali Abbasi

The objection to the junior doctor pay deal on offer is not childish petulance, avariciousness or political gaming. Nor is it an attempt to align junior doctor remuneration with financial sector packages. But it IS about money and being paid a fair wage for a demanding job.

James O'Brien Launches Scathing Attack On Boris Johnson Over Doctors Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK

James O'Brien has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson, accusing the Mayor of London of treating the public with "even more contempt than usual...

Just Another Junior Doctor

Toni Stone | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK
Toni Stone

As we dismantle the festive scenes around us, dust off the glitter and remove the last of the pine needles stubbornly embedded in our carpets; we are presented with surprisingly bare surroundings and an unshakable sense of unease, how different things looked only a week ago.

Jeremy Hunt 'Approved Letter Sexing Up Threat Of Doctors' Strike'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics

Whitehall officials encouraged a health service boss to strengthen a letter that raised concerns over whether striking junior doctors would be availab...