Aspire or Expire?

Jim Sherifi | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Jim Sherifi

We need to get things right because we are accountable directly to the human being in front of us. We deal with the individual on a personal level.

The Invisible Patients: Why Neurology Patients are Tumbling Through the Gaps

Sarah Mehta | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

Funding is a major issue. We know that specialist nurses save money - fewer patients turn up in the consultant's clinic, at A&E, or get admitted to hospital. Waiting times are reduced and preventable problems are addressed.

I Don't Care What You Want, Tell Me What You Need

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

Should care for "self-inflicted" alcohol, drug, smoking and obesity problems be funded by the NHS? Should cosmetic surgery in any form be available free of charge? Should the most expensive new cancer drugs be funded, even though they only benefit a tiny handful of the population and cost millions?

Migraine: A Burden on Patients, And a Strain on the NHS

Sarah Mehta | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

During my first attack my left side went numb and left me thinking I had had a stroke; with no headache I had no clue that the culprit was migraine. An out-of-hours GP sent me straight to accident and emergency.

GP Pay - The Elephant in the Room

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Would you turn down a £20,000 Golden Hello to move to a part of the country that was recruiting for your job? If it were a newspaper that were short of journalists, I wonder would the writers of these articles stand on their high morals and ignore such an offer? I often want to ask the people who complain about our pay, what they think a GP should earn? What is an acceptable income to them? After all, I'm frequently reminded they pay my wages. Patients feel entitled to question my pay, and have done so in consultations. I am so taken aback by this, I am never able to answer them properly. Perhaps at the end of the consultation I should ask if they feel I have earned my pay for that particular 10 minutes? Did they get the antibiotics they wanted for their cold? Or if not, should I hand them a cheque as they leave?

The NHS Frontline - The Reality of Mental Health Services

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

This is the reality of a lack of funding for mental health. The over-burdened services, pared down to the bone. There are no beds left, there is little access to counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy... All I have to offer is a listening ear. That, and a tissue.

The NHS Frontline - The Reality of Being a Doctor in Today's NHS

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

There are 10 appointments left for today. There are 10,000 patients. My three colleagues are here all day, but one can't help with the home visits. They have a meeting about commissioning services in the local area. A brilliant idea from the government. But there is no time or money allocated for them to attend this meeting. So that means there are just three of us. At 8.10 there are 20 patients waiting for me to ring them back. At 8.30 there are 53.

Antibiotics- Why Aren't We Asking the Patient?

Jim Sherifi | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Sherifi

Yet patients, and that is you and me, are supposed to be at the heart of every GP consultation. We GPs are repeatedly urged to put the patient's wishes above everything else. So why has no one ever asked patients' what those wishes actually are?

Doctors Need to be Human

Jim Sherifi | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Sherifi

We are currently in an professional environment where research-driven process is not being balanced by common sense. Even with all its failings there should always be a place for the dissenting voice born through experience to keep in check the march of the technocrat born through academic research.

Why I Can't Stop Being a Useless Doctor

Jim Sherifi | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Sherifi

So GPs are once again to blame for encouraging the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria which will eventually annihilate all mankind. Well- mea culpa. However before you tar and feather me let me take you through a typical GP consultation and then you can draw your own conclusions.

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

Forty Million Dis-Appointments

Jim Sherifi | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Jim Sherifi

Maybe instead we should just accept that no system is perfect and in one with nearly 400million documented contacts between human beings; that 10 million dysfunctional ones ain't that bad after all.

All We Are Saying Is... Give GPs a Chance

Jim Sherifi | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Jim Sherifi

I am an apologist for general practice. There, I have declared my bias. Despite having been a GP for over 30 years I remain in awe of my colleagues and the way that they continue to carry out an incredibly difficult job in an increasingly onerous environment. Almost without question, all my peers entered a career in medicine driven by a vocation to help their fellow man...

The Case for GP Charges

Cathy Corrie | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Cathy Corrie

Though likely to divide the crowd, the very notion that a user charge is up for discussion by the BMA is a serious wake up call as to the times we live in. NHS England has forecast a £30billion black hole in the NHS budget by the end of the decade...

How 'Accessible' Is Your GP?

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Nitin Shori

GPs have been challenged to improve access to NHS services, with new pilot schemes looking set to give patients alternative ways to consult with their local doctor.

GP Services Under 'Severe Threat Of Extinction'

PA | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK

GP services are under "severe threat of extinction" because of a "toxic mix" of increasing workloads and smaller budgets, family doctors have warned. ...

Patient Knows Best...

Anna Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Anna Bradley

Whilst I am not absolving any of us of our part in clogging up waiting rooms unnecessarily or putting extra pressure on GPs by bothering them with our sniffles, changing our behaviour is clearly not just a matter of information and education.

Should You Be Pushy With Your GP? Professor Haslam Thinks So

Karin Sieger | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), says in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that patients should be more pro-active about their health and 'pushier' with their GPs. How realistic is his view, and where does our responsibility towards ourselves as patients start and that of a medical professional end?

Online Healthcare: Just Do It

Chris Spencer | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK
Chris Spencer

By 2020, 40% of healthcare will be accessed online. That's the prediction of Professor Clare Gerada, until recently the chair of the Royal College of GPs. Her claims have generated much debate, which crystallised around one central objection - the argument that online health services are not inclusive.

Is This a Taste of Tomorrow's NHS?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Mik Scarlet

Earlier this week I tasted my first experience of the NHS under the new regime of NHS/Private partnerships through the GP commissioning of services... and it wasn't good.

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...

GP at Your iService

Jeff Wollen | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Tech
Jeff Wollen

From health equipment to digital records, Britain has made huge strides over the past few years to modernise and revolutionise the NHS. In the age of austerity, the NHS needs to move with the times and use technology to become leaner and better.

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.

GPs 'Cannot Guarantee Safe Care' For Patients Amid Mounting Pressure

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK

Almost half of GPs say they can "no longer guarantee safe care" for their patients, statistics show. A poll of family doctors found that 49% though...