UK Doctors

So You Want to Be a Brain Surgeon?

Mr Michael D Jenkinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mr Michael D Jenkinson

Brain surgery, it's not exactly rocket science... but it is one of those jobs that people can't quite believe you do, and I am usually asked if I am joking.... So what is it like being a neurosurgeon? In common with rocket science, neurosurgery sounds more glamorous than it really is.

Stop Eating Sugar? Even Our Hospitals Make Hansel and Gretel Feel at Home

Amy Leech | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Leech

The truth is we don't have the freedom to choose an added-sugar-free diet, the stuff is unavoidable. Forget fizzy drinks - yoghurts, salad dressings, dips, cereals, bread, sushi, sauces, baked beans and crisps all have unnecessary amounts of added-sugar to them.

Before Attacking Foreign Workers Look at Your Christmas List

Will Black | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Debates about globalisation examine impacts on all concerned - whether importers of labour, food and goods or those countries losing key workers, giving up their food or being turned into polluted assembly lines. Debates about the EU and migration which lack that level of empathy - and concentrate purely on what Britain is supposedly losing - simply miss the point.

London Doctor Accused Of Carrying Out Female Genital Mutilation

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK

A doctor is set to be grilled by the medical watchdogs, accused of carrying out female genital mutilation on a patient. Dr Sureshkumar Vallabhdas P...

'Forced Caesarean' Woman 'Begged' To Keep Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Court documents have shed vital new light on the tragic case of an Italian mother who was sedated, given a c-section and had her baby forcibly removed...

12 Signs That It's Time to Change Doctor

Marek Doyle | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marek Doyle

If you suspect your doctor is providing you with substandard treatment but can't quite pinpoint where the problem lies, then this list is for you. Here are the dozen most common red flags that will tell you if your doctor is blundering with your health. Ready? Let's begin with the first six.

Patching Physicians' Pay

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
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Valdemar Alsop

The turgid rebuttal is that the poorer paying NHS might lose the best doctors and harm our own health. Hogwash. You don't become a doctor to become a billionaire. And there's a whole world of bright medical practitioners out there. If people will not work for the NHS, there's plenty who would want to work in one the safest and richest countries in the world.

How Can We Improve the Healthcare System?

Melissa Morris | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Melissa Morris

Poor access to primary care is one of the biggest problems plaguing the NHS. Getting an appointment with a GP or accessing primary care remotely is not easy. GPs play an important role as the gatekeepers to wider services in the NHS.

Prescribing Exercise Key to Defusing 'Ticking Mental Health Time Bomb'

Dr Davina Deniszczyc | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Davina Deniszczyc

To really address our nation's mental health, change is crucial; that means it must be considered on par with physical health by all of us, and we should approach our own wellbeing and address treatment in the same way too.

Break It to Me Gently, Doctor, How Long Have I Got?

David Bradford | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bradford

"This is a 10-minute appointment," the GP said firmly. The implication was clear: he didn't have time to look at the growth on my dad's head. Three months later, Dad was dead. The lumps were cancer that had spread from his lungs...

Therapy or Medication for a Citalopram Nation?

Daniel Warner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

It saddens me that for many who don't have a support network or the finance to see a therapist, they will be handed a box of pills to chemically alter their mood or thoughts.

Open for Longer, PM Tells GPs

PA | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK

GPs' surgeries should be open from 8am until 8pm, seven days a week, David Cameron said as he announced a £50 million trial to encourage longer openi...

GPs To Open 12 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK

David Cameron is to unveil a £50 million scheme to encourage GPs to offer weekend and evening appointments, in an effort to cut the pressure on stret...

The Practice of Medicine - Not Simply a Science But Now an Art

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

My arrival into medical school back in 2001 launched me, not only into a world of systemic disease, but rather a world of information overload. Verbose medical texts were seen scattered across my room with my typical schedule spent inhaling the multitude of odours as expressed by a cohort of 200 plus students during lecture hall gatherings.

An Alcoholic Is Someone Who Drinks More Than His Doctor

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I grew up believing that doctors were on a higher level than the rest of us. Their knowledge was vast and mysterious, their advice kept us healthy... What really struck me recently is that medical staff are twice as likely to get addicted to drugs or alcohol than the general public. How can this be possible?

Sick and Disabled People Needs Their Doctor's Support

Stef Benstead | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

When it's their word against yours, medical evidence is what proves you're not the one lying. Medical evidence is what says that you are in pain, or you are blind, or you are mentally ill. It's what confirms that you aren't making things up or exaggerating. It's what tells the decision maker to believe your evidence over what the Atos assessor said, or simply to believe your evidence at all.

Undermining Trainees - How Senior Doctors Still Set a Poor Example

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Neel Sharma

The consultant turned to him and straight faced said, 'I would like to thank you for all your hard work these past months, if you need a reference for McDonald's I'd be happy to help,' before turning his back and leaving the ward. The consultant at the time happened to be one of the programme directors for junior trainees at that hospital.

£25 To See The Doctor?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK

Half of GPs are in favour of the NHS charging up to £25 for routine appointments, with some suggesting those in higher paid profession pay up to £15...

NHS Workers Must Understand There Is No 'I' in Team

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

Despite the manifesto underpinning the National Health Service, there are obvious concerns with its functioning, blighted primarily by a lack of resources. As a result NHS workers are left to function in an extirpated environment with less than optimum fodder; limited staffing, bed space and financial constraints hindering the use of latest technologies and treatment.

Fifty Percent to Contract Cancer

Clive Norman | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

As a society we are told that heart failure and heart disease is on the decrease, and I would suggest as an ex-smoker that the decline in smoking, may well have been the largest contributor to this decline. But WHY, with all the advances in treatments for the many differing types of cancer is this particular disease apparently on the increase.

Jeremy Hunt's Comments On Abortion 'Completely Ignorant' Say Doctors

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt displayed "complete ignorance" when he made comments about abortion time limits when he first took up his post, leading d...

Doctors Pass Vote Of No Confidence In Jeremy Hunt

PA | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics

Doctors leaders have passed a vote of no confidence in health secretary Jeremy Hunt. Representatives at the British Medical Association's (BMA) ann...

Tory MP: Women Doctors A 'Burden' On The NHS

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

Female doctors can be a "burden" on the health service as they often want to take time off work to have children, a Conservative MP has said. Speak...

Women GPs 'Burden NHS' By Having Families, Tory MP Says

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

A Tory MP has sparked a row after claiming female doctors are a drain on the NHS because they will end up having families and want to work part time. ...

NHS 111 Telephone Service Must Be Strengthened, Not Attacked

Rachel Carrell | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK
Rachel Carrell

If the NHS is going to survive for the next generation, it simply must evolve new models of provision. NHS 111 is moving in exactly the right direction. In fact, it should be going further. It is just a shame it was sent off prematurely, an unfinished car with a new driver on a half-built road.