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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.

A More Creative Approach to Welfare Benefit Reform Could Have Saved Lives

Hugh Salmon | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

So, while the UK was talking about Scotland, someone has died: David Clapson's awful death was the result of grotesque government policies (9 Septemb...

Response to the Obesity Study

Vicky Frankland | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Frankland

There have been many articles in the newspapers over the past week; all centered a new study from the University of London, which involved data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. After 4 days of looking at a group of nearly 3000 adults over the age of 50 this study has discovered that fat shaming does not help people lose weight.

For a Change, Let's Not Forget the Little People

Paul Marshall | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

It goes without saying that Tom Cruise is more popular than me. Google him and you get 49,500,000 results. Google me and you get...well, let's skip over that bit. Meanwhile, he has 4.7 million followers on Twitter. I think the last time I checked I had 14 - that's not million.

Help - We've Run Out of GPs

Jim Sherifi | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jim Sherifi

The current situation is not unique. GP recruitment goes through cycles although why this should be so is little understood. It is facile to suggest that graduates are moving abroad, taking up hospital careers or just giving up on medicine altogether

Reforming the Interactions Between Doctors and the Healthcare Industry

James Shannon | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
James Shannon

Have you ever wondered how your doctor chooses which medicine to prescribe? For some diseases they might have two, three or even 10 medicines to choose from, each of which has been approved as safe and effective by regulators.

Have You Told Your Family Your Organ Donation Decision?

Dr Ellie Cannon | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ellie Cannon

New figures out today show that just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor - but this figure rises to 95% when they know the decision.

You're Living Too Long, Doctors Say

PA | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

More must be done to improve the efficiency of the NHS and address the "budget crisis" affecting it as people enjoy longer life expectancies, experts ...

Who Should Prescribe Anti-Depressants?

Pam Warren | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

If you have to take anti-depressant medication I would urge caution as to what you take. Get the very best advice you can find before committing to anything. Realise that they are not a quick fix - it will take time and they should be used in conjunction with other therapies. Above all else, try to look at them as only a plaster cast that will help the 'break' in your mind to heal and be removed when it is.

UK Edging Closer To Legalisation Of Cannabis?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

Cannabis use should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal act, leading doctors will hear. Delegates at the British Medical Association's ...

Telltale Signs of 'Body-Enhancement' Drug Use

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

It's the time of year when many of us are thinking about our summer getaways and lazy days spent at the poolside - but to what lengths do people go to tan and tone their body?

Junior Doctors Are in Need of a Good Mentor

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Neel Sharma

Medicine seems to be devoid of instructors dedicated solely to effective mentoring. The concept of educational supervisors does no doubt exist. However, many of whom are trampled by increasing clinical commitments leaving little time to focus purely on their juniors.

What the Doctor Can Teach Us About Terms and Conditions

Neil Taylor | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

Like all sane people, I try to draw all my life lessons from Doctor Who. In an episode last year, the Eighth Doctor (that'll be Paul McGann) is told ...

Prepare to be Terminated

Nick Abbot | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Nick Abbot

Are you comfortably middle class? Being comfortably middle class used to mean never having to worry about your job being taken by a machine. The people whose livelihoods have been decimated by computer chips are those that did society's heavy lifting.