UK Doctors

A Seven-Day NHS - Does That Include Seven Days of Funded Training?

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

Earlier this month, David Cameron set out his plan for a 7 day NHS, focused on both primary and secondary care delivery, with: 'key decision makers be...

'Me? I'm Just a GP...'

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

Being a GP isn't about glamour. It's not about high tech equipment. It's not about cutting edge research, or shouting "Get me some paracetamol, stat!". There is very little drama. It's about the challenge of dealing with everything in a tiny amount of time. Of having the skills to develop an instant rapport with a patient you may have never met before...

Graduate Doctors Landed With £82k Of Debt They Can't Pay Back

PA | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Doctors who graduated last year will have amassed debts of more than £82,000 and are unlikely to be able to pay back their student loans, according t...

You Made Me a Better Doctor

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

When a photograph of an emergency room doctor grieving for a 19-year-old patient was posted online recently, it went viral with thousands of shares, likes and comments. Most of this stemmed from the fact that doctors are not known for showing personal emotions. Like all healthcare staff we deal with difficult, sometimes hugely distressing scenarios every day. We have all had moments like that doctor. Where a patient has affected us so profoundly, we cannot hold it together and need some space. This is a tribute to just five of the patients that have taught me to be a better doctor. Identifying details have been changed to preserve patient anonymity.

Doctor Breaks Down After Losing 19-Year-Old Patient

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A photo of an ER doctor breaking down after the death of a 19-year-old patient is touching people around the world. The image, which was posted to ...

Listening to London GPs

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

I believe wholeheartedly in consultation, engagement, empowerment, and ownership. But not as just buzz words to drop into meetings. Rather, I believe in what these words stand for at their best: genuine conversations between practitioners, partners, patients, policy makers and even politicians; shared insights into what works and what needs work; and a commitment to agreeing and delivering change, and all that that entails.

Today's Psychiatrist

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

People think that if you are a psychiatrist it means you push medications on people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure some bad apples do. And yes we do prescribe but most of us don't unless we really need to.

The Senior Junior Divide - the Major Issue in Medical Education

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

When I completed medical school, I left bemused. I was eager to start working but less enthralled by the fact that my tuition fees were spent funding a problem based learning (PBL) programme. I was young and foolish to believe that teaching myself medicine case by case with no expert guidance was how things should be done.

Why the Doctor Was Acquitted in the UK's First FGM Trial

Felicity Gerry | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

The UK must empower women and girls to be free from the harmful effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) by ending this global practice. Prosecuting criminal cases must be seen as part of the package of effort necessary to achieve this...

The Best Thing About Being a Doctor? It's Not What You Think...

Dr Ellie May | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Dr Ellie May

There are so many excellent aspects of being a doctor you may think it difficult to pick the best one. Fear not. The good news is I have the answer. The bad news is, it's not what you think...

What To Do When Your Obstetrician Is A Robot

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

We were talking about having a child, right? A cool thing. An episode that we all get to share. She as a professional expert, using her expertise and wisdom to help engineer a seamless birth. Us, as new parents, glowing with the opportunity to do this special project ever so well.

How to Tell if You're an Alcoholic

Rachel Black | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

In the lead up to stopping drinking we will all have wondered if we do actually drink too much. A lot perhaps, but too much? That's something different.

Why the NHS and Its Doctors Need to Say No

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

I was asked this week why the NHS doesn't fund all the new technologies available for patients, particularly those with cancer. And when I instantly replied "Because we can't afford to", I surprised myself. Because no-one seems to say that when they talk about the NHS. And the NHS doesn't like to say no.

10 Resolutions the NHS Must Make Now

Dr Ellie May | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Dr Ellie May

Although free at the point of delivery, the NHS is not a 'free for all' and though treatment is not rationed, it must be rational. Having spent 15 years in the same job, at the sharp end of the NHS, I have seen fancy ideas and initiatives change policy and procedure, trying to trim the cost of the service...

Why GPs Should Stop Complaining

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Had I known that GPs were, of course, the root of all the problems in the NHS, with their daily failures to diagnose cancer, whilst simultaneously over-referring for all cancers, and ridiculous ideas that patients may share some responsibility for their own health, I would have instantly dismissed this career option. Instead I found myself working for the hundred, probably thousands of surgeries which are failing their patients. I was out on the streets, inviting half a million illegal immigrants to register and use the entire NHS free of charge.

Set My Doctors Free

Jim Sherifi | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK
Jim Sherifi

Scrap the regulations, unshackle the profession and watch those queues vanish in a brave new year.

Suicide Amongst Doctors Under Investigation: The Tip of the Iceberg

Anita Mitra | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Anita Mitra

Over the last 15 years, the number of complaints against doctors to the GMC has quadrupled. In 2013 there were more than 8,500 complaints about doctors of which just over 3,000 went on to be investigated. More than a third of those are still under investigation.

Almost 30 Doctors Under GMC Investigation Killed Themselves

PA | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK

An independent report has found that 28 doctors killed themselves while under investigation for malpractice between 2005 and 2013. The General Med...

12 Signs It's Time to Change Your Doctor: Part Two

Marek Doyle | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marek Doyle

His response to a bad reaction to drugs is to maintain or increase the dosage... You would think this one would be quite simple. If you had spent years without rashes, started taking a new item and then looked like a victim of contagion within a few hours, you may be wise to consider if this novel pill is causing a reaction.

You May Have to Queue for Your Botox!

Sue Moxley | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Moxley

Health education england has been mandated by the department of health to work with regulators and royal colleges to review the qualifications required for people who administer non-surgical cosmetic procedures for example Botulinum toxin injections and Dermal Fillers.

Why I'm Not Dying to See My Father Again Anytime Soon

Paul Marshall | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

You find yourself wondering whether the same fate will befall you. This is completely illogical as you've displayed no recent symptoms of anything untoward happening. All the same, you simply can't help yourself.

How Your Doctor Can Tell If You're Depressed

Alexandra Massey | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

Have you ever walked into your Doctor's surgery with a sore foot and left with a prescription for anti-depressants? It's not uncommon to go for one thing and come away with a treatment for something completely different and, specifically, for depression.

Knickerbocker Glory? Knickerbocker Gory, More Like

Paul Marshall | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Featuring Britain's Clive Owen as Doctor John Thackery, the experimental Chief Surgeon ahead of his time, it doesn't exactly make for comfortable prime time viewing. You're best advised to have finished eating before it starts.

The Kashmir Healthcare Crisis - 'Patients Have Been Dying' Says Doctor

Rita Pal | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

With time racing forward to a severe winter of discontent, the doctors of Kashmir have requested international assistance from the World Health Organisation and the United Nations.

Frontline Workers Need to Be Respected, Not Beaten Up for Doing Their Job

Roger Evans | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Roger Evans

It's good news that crime is falling and our cities, towns and neighbourhoods are becoming safer. But there is much more to be done. It is alarming to see that the very people we depend on are being beaten up just for doing their job. They need to be treated with respect.