UK Doctors

Training NHS Staff in Suicide Prevention Will Help Save Lives

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 25.02.2017 | 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 04.02.2017 | 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 14.01.2017 | 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 11.01.2017 | 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 11.01.2017 | 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 08.01.2017 | 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 06.01.2017 | 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 09.12.2016 | 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 03.12.2016 | 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...

Medic Student Banned From Being A Doctor After Posting 'I Will Find You' Taken Quote On Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A medic student has been banned from practising medicine because he posted a quote from blockbuster film Taken saying: ""I will look for you, I will f...

That Manifesto: Time for NHS Reform?

Simon Fairweather | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

In an increasingly capitalist world it is easy to give in to temptation, however, that is neither the ethos nor the mandate of a socialist NHS. Before forcing through change let us talk yet perhaps more importantly; let us listen. Only then we can devise a strategy on how to deliver the future, together.

Am I a Moderate or a Militant Doctor?

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 12.11.2016 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

I am a GP partner and also train junior doctors in inner city Manchester. I have been a doctor for 13 years. I am writing not as a junior doctor but as a voice for my patients that I've looked after for the past 10 years...

Accident and Emergency in Need of Resuscitation

Simon Fairweather | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Simon Fairweather

I am a junior doctor. I love the siege-induced mentality of a busy department. I love the pressure of promptly assessing and treating patients in a li...

Doctors Are Revealing The Most Incredible Recoveries They've Ever Witnessed (GRAPHIC WARNING)

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An astounding Reddit thread is revealing the most incredible recoveries medical professional have ever witnessed. From traffic accident victims hig...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Spin Doctors vs Real Doctors

Dr Shebby Kamalvand | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Shebby Kamalvand

So, what is the latest health threat that doctors are warning the public about in the UK at present? No, we haven't just identified a new strain of Ebola, tomatoes are still good for you, and disappointingly strawberry daiquiris are yet to contribute to your five-a-day. The newest threat to your health, is ironically the health secretary Jeremy Hunt himself.

Fisherman Has Stingray's Barb Removed In Gruesome Footage (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK

This is the gruesome moment that a fisherman had a stingray's barb removed from his foot. The graphic scenes show the sword-like sting pierced thro...

Tech Will Never Replace GPs... But It Will Make Them More Accessible

Chris Spencer | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Spencer

How long does it take you to get an appointment to see your GP? If simply asking this question has set your pulse racing and temper soaring, take heart. Technology is coming to the rescue...

Greedy, Lazy Doctors: Junior Doctors Behind Closed Doors

Dr Shebby Kamalvand | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK
Dr Shebby Kamalvand

So what are the doctors saying behind closed doors? They are saying that they have had enough. They are declaring that they will unify against the government and that they will fight. They are warning their children not to follow their career path, and considering their options very carefully also. Many have been tempted by warmer climates, or a career change all together. They are adamant that they will not back down, and that the government has picked the wrong group of professionals to attack.

The Equality of Tory Attacks - From Miners to Doctors, Lawyers and Refugees

Will Black | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
Will Black

The Conservative Party is often represented as antagonistic towards the 'working class'. Memories of blood-splattered striking miners and descriptions of the impact of tax credit cuts on struggling families are routinely used to illustrate this representation.