UK Doctors

Dementia Is Not a Death Sentence

Jeremy Hughes | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Jeremy Hughes

Great progress has been made on dementia, but that these misunderstandings still put people off addressing their fears shows that we have a long way to go. Now is the time for all of us to tackle dementia by confronting it head on - in Dementia Awareness Week, and beyond it.

Save Pharmacy or We Risk the Whole NHS

Ian Strachan | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

You can’t avoid it; in every newspaper, every day, another story about the NHS under increasing strain from all areas. Statistics show that GP pract...

Hippocrates and Hypocrisy

Nazim Andani | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nazim Andani

Though tomorrow may be indeed a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing, my tomorrow is a tale told by my idiot, and pride demands that I give my to...

Why the Government Plans for Pharmacy Make No Sense

Ian Strachan | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

If the government wants to improve patient access it should invest in this; in allowing community pharmacies to help, instead of closing 'potentially' a quarter of them. Instead of being forced to go to your GP you can walk in to the pharmacist with no appointment and be seen, in most cases, immediately.

Eternal Souring of a Spotless Mind

Simon Fairweather | Posted 20.04.2016 | 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 ...

Why I Lied to My Patient Today

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

I lied to a patient today. I didn't feel good about it, but I didn't know what else to say. It was a man I was visiting at home, let's call him Stan. An elderly patient who is normally in excellent health and rarely comes to the surgery. He was down for a home visit to check his chest after being unwell for a few days. Before I went out I looked at his notes, and saw we hadn't seen him for a good six months. Quite uncommon for a lot of older patients. He isn't a smoker, isn't on much in the way of medicine, and had rung the surgery last week. The notes were from my colleague. They were brief...

British Soap Awards Announce First Batch Of Nominations

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

The long-list of nominees for this year's British Soap Awards have been revealed. Each of the big five soaps ('EastEnders', 'Coronation Street', 'Emm...

Jeremy Hunt Is About to Increase the Gender Pay Gap For Doctors - Does He Really Care About Women?

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 03.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Tony Rao

Under the new contract, the pattern of pay distribution depends on working patterns, but it was the sheer gall of both the wording and the dismissive attitude toward female doctors that made me question not just how little the government value doctors but if it values women doctors at all.

We Have to Tackle the Widespread Stigma of Doctors Asking for Help

Steve Crone | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Steve Crone

A survey released this month by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has revealed that an alarming number of doctors are experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems, such as depression and anxiety as a result of working under increasing pressure and scrutiny. Yet despite their obvious need for support and advice, the doctors surveyed also said they are unlikely to seek help for fear of discrimination or stigma from colleagues (84%).

Overworked and Underused: In Defence of the 'Great British Brain Drain'

Caitlin Doherty | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Doherty

This is a brain revolution: an uprising against horrid headlines, an exercise to save sanity, a desperate attempt to try and renew passion in a profession, and I for one will happily declare "power to the people".

Refugee Health Crisis Hits Boiling Point at Greece-Macedonia Border

Heenali Patel | Posted 13.03.2016 | UK
Heenali Patel

A child electrocuted by a loose cable. Exhausted men and women living in squalor, losing toes to gangrene. Children caked in mud, coughing and vomiting. Families forced to sleep outside in torrential rain. These are not scenes from a horror movie. They're just some of the desperate stories medics are witnessing at the Greece-Macedonia border right now.

Training NHS Staff in Suicide Prevention Will Help Save Lives

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

Suicide is everybody's business. That's why Samaritans is calling for more training for frontline NHS staff to help them to spot vulnerable people before they reach a crisis that might lead to them taking their own lives.

The Lone Wolf Now Runs In A Pack

Simon Fairweather | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Simon Fairweather

Perhaps the stolen camaraderie led me into my chosen profession - emergency medicine. The siege mentality, punishing rotas and huge reliance on teamwork made me feel like I belong somewhere. Sadly with the unrelenting workload and no sign of empathy from up high, I can feel myself drifting. For now, the search continues.

Grieving Mother Calls Report Into 'Unsafe' NHS Helpline 'Soul-Destroying'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents

The mother of a baby who died after she followed medical advice from an NHS helpline has called a report into the service's failings "soul-destroying"...

This Could Be The Reason Why People Under 35 Are Completely Screwed

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK

People under 35 are more likely to put their trust in estate agents and government ministers than older people, according to research which reveals su...

An Open Letter to All Healthcare Professionals

Naomi Barrow | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I want to let you know, that we appreciate you. We are so thankful for you and for the tireless work you put in, day in, day out. By 'we', I don't just mean patients, but patient's families and friends too.

Save Our NHS

Jesse Toksvig-Stewart | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Jesse Toksvig-Stewart

What is disgusting is that my sister is 25-years-old and many days she runs a ward by herself with a registrar or consultant to contact if she needs help with particularly unwell people. That is an enormous amount of stress to put onto a young person and an enormous amount of responsibility...

'Will I Be Able to See You Next Time?'

Chris Lowry | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Lowry

We seem to be afraid to say it, but the NHS needs patients to take some responsibility for minor ailments. Every doctor you will see has a hundred stories about patients attending needlessly. We need a prescription of that very British quality: good old common sense.

Junior Doctors' Strike To Go Ahead Next Week As Talks Fail To Resolve Dispute

PA | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK

A strike of junior doctors will go ahead next week as planned, after ongoing talks did not manage to resolve the dispute over contracts.The meeting be...

The Nurses Who Made Me a Better Doctor

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

I am a doctor, trained for 10 years, highly qualified. But I wouldn't be half the doctor I am today without nurses. From my first days on the wards as a medical student, with no idea about the human body, nurses have helped me. To a few days ago when I didn't know which dressing was best to put on a leg wound, nurses have helped me. This is a small, unworthy tribute to all the hard working nurses in the NHS. It involves a lot of cups of tea...

The Junior Doctors Row Is Putting Students Off Studying Medicine - And It Spells 'Disaster' For NHS

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Figures showing more than a third of prospective medicine students have been put off the subject due to the government's treatment of junior doctors h...

This Talented Medic Student Had To Move To Italy To Study - As He Couldn't Get Into A UK University

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A straight-A aspiring doctor who took a year out to gain work experience in a hospital has been forced to move to Italy to enrol on a medicine degree ...

Use Planning Powers to Help Deliver 500 New GPs for Londoners

Steve O'Connell | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Politics
Steve O'Connell

It is my belief that by leveraging the maximum funding for GP services, we can build a better future for London and its residents. We cannot have new homes and then neglect the social amenities that underpin new communities. To make London a decent place to live and work, we must adopt an holistic approach.

The Leading Light For Change

Simon Fairweather | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Simon Fairweather

A+E is the link bridge from primary to secondary care and it is fair to accuse it of being a reflection of the overall functioning of a vast healthcare system. Sadly, crowding currently plagues A+E; patients queue in corridors, ambulance staff wait to handover and professionals get burnt due to unsustainable intensity.

An Increasing Number Of People Can't Get Through To Their GP On The Phone

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you regularly experience the struggle of getting through to your GP on the phone, then you're not alone. In fact, it's an issue facing NHS patie...