UK Doctors

Who's Afraid Of Roast Dinners?

Dr Nick Summerton | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nick Summerton

As a GP I'll often have patients coming into the surgery talking about a new health risk they've come across and ask to be tested. They might be overweight or smoking 20 a day, but it's the new test they're demanding.

'Just' A Healthcare Assistant

Roxanne Louise | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Roxanne Louise

Well, yes I am a health care assistant. I currently work in a GP surgery but I was also an employee within an NHS hospital for many years. I love my job and am proud of what I do, it gives me the opportunity to help people and truly make a difference every day.

Complaints: Adapting To A Changing Landscape

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

The power of good communication is clear in the survey- it can assist in resolving and even preventing complaints, and managing patient expectations. With a huge 82 per cent of the public saying they would be unlikely to complain if their GP communicated openly and with empathy, it feels like something we should all try and embrace.

Blue Monday - Who's Looking After Doctors?

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

Mondays are hard enough, but the one just gone was 'Blue Monday'. According to some it is the most depressing day of the year. It raises a very topica...

An Open Letter To This NHS

Gabrielle Taylor | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Gabrielle Taylor

To the NHS, I hope this finds you well. I know you've had some bad press of late so I just wanted to see you how you're feeling and let you know that despite your troubles, I'm still your number one fan.

As A Doctor I Will Always Do Everything I Can To Protect My Patients, Now It's Jeremy Hunt's Turn

Dr Lucie Cocker | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Dr Lucie Cocker

The reality now for doctors is that we are often forced to choose to prioritise one patient over another, and we have found ourselves having to treat patients on the wrong ward or having to delay their care as we simply don't have the room or staff for them.

BBC Two's Hospital - The Uncomfortable Truth

Danny Horan | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Danny Horan

Once the production team started to research the series what they found was things we'd never seen before - the extent of cancelled ops, the failing targets, outsourcing of some procedures and 'health tourism'. But they also found extraordinary resilience, remarkably understanding patients and an ability to perform some of the best care and surgery in the world.

The Healing Power Of Saying "Sorry" In Healthcare

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

If I accidently bump into someone and hurt them walking along the street, my immediate reaction is to say sorry, regardless of whether it was or wasn'...

Why Are Doctors Speaking Up Against Diesel?

Areeba Hamid | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Areeba Hamid

Let's be clear, we are faced with a crucial choice: exposing an entire generation to the potentially irreversible impacts of air pollution or continuing to run our cities on diesel. I am on the side of doctors on this one--and so should be you.

What Is Wrong With The NHS?

Dr Seth Rankin | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK
Dr Seth Rankin

I would not advocate privatising the NHS or trying to charge people for its services. There is little to be gained and much to be lost. There is no perfect health system on this planet and the NHS is the UK's own grand version of an imperfect system.

Brains Literally Think Nonsense, Let It Be Fun Nonsense

Andrew Bonsall | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Bonsall

Every time I go to therapy I fill out a questionnaire that asks 'in the last week have you thought about ending your life?' This question is a self-pe...

Care Can Only Improve With Funding

Karin Smyth | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Karin Smyth

There is so much to discuss and evaluate. The first of the regular meetings at which the STP will be discussed is next week, and I hope the next stage will be the widest and most open of consultations. I hope many of my Bristol South constituents will take part.

Mandatory Reporting On Patients: Should Doctors Be Policing Our Communities?

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

Thorough consideration must be given to how all of these risks can be mitigated and the role and judgement of doctors - those who are best placed to support their patients - must form a key part of the conversation.

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.

Why Universities Should Scrap Exams

Lucy Haire | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Lucy Haire

Just thinking about students' health for a moment, especially student mental health, there is evidence even among school pupils that exams are a major source of anxiety which can lead to ill-health. This is another important reason for re-examining the role of exams.

Emergency Medical And Dental Care In The Demolished Jungle

Ali Amir | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Amir

Having set off from Cardiff on Friday evening, we had no idea of whether we would even make it to Calais due to heightened security on the border and media reports suggesting that the refugee camp in Calais had been demolished; all refugees had apparently been relocated across France. However, we arrived safely in Calais via the euro tunnel with our car stuffed with clothes, medications and dental materials.

Finding A Global Solution To A Worldwide Healthcare Problem

Dr G. Richard Olds | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Dr G. Richard Olds

At the beginning of the month, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, made reference to an ongoing crisis in global healthcare. In a speech to the Conserv...

Doctors With Mental Illness - Time For A Change

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nima Ghadiri

This stigma can arise as early as medical school, fostered by a triad of competitiveness, fear and uncertainty. Students sometimes receive conflicting information about mental health, and may fear disclosing illness.

Do You Trust Your Doctor?

Jeroen Tas | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

Doctors have topped the league tables for the most-trusted professionals since 1983. 89% of us believe they tell the truth. We assume that their expertise and experience is diligently applied in making the right diagnosis and prescribing the right treatment for our various ailments.

Hunt Must Admit 'More' Is Not The Same As 'Enough'

Rob Davidson | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Davidson

The NHS has been thoroughly ignored by Conservative party conference speeches with the exception of Jeremy Hunt. During an NHS funding and staffing cr...

Receptionists 'Put People Off Visiting GP' By Asking To Discuss Symptoms

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Two in five people would be put off going to the doctors if they had to discuss their symptoms with the practice receptionist, according to new resear...

Porn Leads Girls Aged 15 To Ask Doctors For Genital Plastic Surgery

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Girls as young as 15 are asking their doctors for genital plastic surgery because they are afraid they don’t look normal, a study has found, with po...

We're #NotAllHunts

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Siema Iqbal

Jeremy Hunt pledged to make the NHS "self-sufficient" after Britain leaves the EU by increasing the number of training places by 1500 per year startin...

Jeremy Hunt's Seven-Day Homeopathic NHS: Just The Tincture?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

When the practical and economic feasibility of a routine 7-day NHS has been roundly debunked by senior doctors, service providers and analyists, it is only natural to ask how this is going to happen. Maybe, we ought to be thinking a little more naturally ourselves, and prepare for our complementary secretary of state for health to give us a very complementary 7-day routine NHS.

Are Patients 'At Risk From Thousands Of EU Medics?'

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Nima Ghadiri

On 24th September 2016, the Daily Mail headlined with the following: This follows on from a number of previous articles published earlier in the ye...