UK Doctors

The NHS Runs On Its People: Beat Them Down And You Will Have Nothing Left

Louise Ridley | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Louise Ridley

Hunt is setting himself against the most essential element of our health organisation: its people. They are on the edge, and they deserve nothing but respect.

Graphic Video: Man's 10-Year-Old Cyst Popped By Doctor

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT An American man nicknamed 'Raymond' has been living with a cyst on his neck for ten years. When he finally made the d...

Junior Doctors: Don't Strike, Leave

James Gupta | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Gupta

You're an intelligent, highly trained human being with a strong desire to help people - and that makes you incredibly valuable in a whole range of careers.

Junior Doctors Contract - It's Not About the Money

Pooja Jassal-Prior | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
Pooja Jassal-Prior

Junior doctors work long hours and these proposals will remove the safety limits that ensure doctors are not over tired. Being fatigued and stressed impairs judgement and increases the chances of mistakes. Would you want a tired and over worked doctor making life and death decisions about you or your family? Neither would we!

14 Surprise Celebs Who Have Guest Starred In 'Doctors'

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Entertainment

Let’s be honest, within the world of soap, ‘Doctors’ tends to get a bit of a raw deal. The BBC serial drama has now been on the air for 15 ye...

Dear Patients of the NHS

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Your safety is being put at risk. My greatest fear is that nothing changes, the NHS slowly crumbles, stretching more and more, doctors too tired to concentrate, patient care suffering, safety put at risk. You as a patient know this from your experiences every day. If the NHS is going to survive for the future, all of us - patients, public, professionals and politicians, need to accept that it isn't working. We need an honest discussion about its future. We need to start talking.

Is It Really That Difficult to Cancel a GP Appointment?

Beth Britton | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Fundamentally I believe that we as patients must understand our responsibility to respect the free access we have to our GP, practice nurse, midwife or other primary care based professional. We expect their professionalism and access to them in a timely manner - it's not a lot to ask that we should also keep our side of the bargain too.

Is a Seven-Day NHS Sustainable?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Ed Fletcher

What the health secretary's plans fail to realise is that there are bigger issues that need to be addressed, other than the contracts of consultants, to achieve an effective seven-day NHS.

100 Days of Dave - The NHS

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

I was politically ambivalent about the general election. Like a lot of NHS staff, I was torn between knowing that things were bad in the health service, especially in general practice, but equally knowing that a change of government would inevitably mean some sort of re-branding, reorganisation and changes of priorities. I knew an NHS on its knees already wouldn't cope with that. When the result came in, it was going to be more of the same. No massive changes, just slogging on trying to get the government to listen. I was totally wrong.

Making Small Adjustments To Your Daily Routine Can Help Make A Big Difference To Your Health Overall

Huffington Post UK | Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sometimes we're so busy with our everyday lives, we forget to look after ourselves, especially when it comes to managing our health. Taking charge ...

People In Essex Are Googling Chlamydia More Than Anywhere Else

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A report released today revealed the internet is the UK's first port of call when they're feeling unwell, with one in four people going online to self...

An Astounding Number Of Health Workers Actually Believe In Gay Conversion Therapies

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

Britain's leading LGBT charity, Stonewall, is calling for the government to publicly condemn gay conversion therapy after research revealed that one i...

Why I Don't Want a Seven Day NHS Treating My Family

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

A truly seven day NHS is something we should aspire towards. I don't disagree with that. But as with everything else, it is the timescale and funding which is wholly unrealistic and will inevitably lead to harm to patients. Can he not remember the waiting time breaches of last winter? Is he ignoring the GP practices closing across the country? This is not doctors wanting a lifestyle choice. Our first role is to act in our patients best interests, as an advocate for them. Why does Mr Hunt refuse to listen to the profession, both at national and grass roots level? Why is he hell bent on chasing headlines and not on improving care and patient safety?

Seven Day NHS? GP Practices Are Closing

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics

The NHS faces a "quiet crisis" after it emerged 43 family doctor practices have closed in the last year after vital top-up funding was cut. Labour ...

Hunt Shunt? Cameron Won't Charge For Missed GP Appointments

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics

Downing Street has moved to distance the Prime Minister from claims that the Government could charge patients who miss doctor's appointments. In wh...

Bad Vibrations: a DIY Guide to Women's Gynae

Louise V Smith | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise V Smith

Late last year, I noticed some post-menopausal spotting. What a joke: a period at my age. Mildly curious, I went to the NHS website, which featured a middle-aged frump, hands covering her face in anguish.

'You Just Want To Look Like A Stick Insect', Doctors Told Teen Who Died Of Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Johnson | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

An 18-year-old student tragically died after doctors missed her cancer, assuming her symptoms were a result of the teenager trying to lose weight. ...

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.