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Help - We've Run Out of GPs

Jim Sherifi | Posted 19.08.2014 | 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 29.07.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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...

Why Getting an Annual Check-up is Essential

Daley James Francis | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daley James Francis

When it comes to the subject of healthcare, everywhere you turn there is contradictory advice on whether to visit a doctor in person or to try and self-diagnose using the likes of the NHS Helpline via the phone or the internet.

12 Years For GP Who Filmed Female Patients With Wristwatch Camera

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK

A family doctor who used a secret camera inside his James Bond-style wristwatch to record himself abusing female patients has been jailed for 12 years...

Patient Banned From GP Clinic After Twitter Comment

Holly Alsop | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Alsop

The use of social media in the healthcare industry has taken an interesting turn this week with a patient tweeting about his experience with a local GP clinic. The disgruntled man tweeted that the staff were a bunch of 'incompetent tw*ts' and was subsequently removed from the clinic's list of patients.

GP Filmed Female Patients Using Wristwatch Camera

Posted 15.03.2013 | UK

A family doctor who used a secret camera inside his James Bond-style wristwatch to record himself abusing female patients faces jail after admitting a...

Self Scan Kind of Life

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Tech
Lewis Shepherd

Even though the high street may die a death, machines powered by us will probably run the shops that remain open. But this technique of doing things ourselves appears to be running into other areas of our lives.

Dying for an Appointment

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Shepherd

It is a sad state of affairs that many people who are unwell and may in fact have a more serious underlying condition have to wait weeks on end to see their GP, by which time it could be too late.

NHS and the Shrinking Definition of Medical Need

Eddie Chaloner | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK
Eddie Chaloner

What concerns me is the widening definition of PCLV to include proven operations known to enhance health and improve quality of life. Many of the procedures now deemed 'low value' are actually those which prevent complications and more serious conditions developing later in life.

25 Years Of The 'Wonder Drug'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle

It was hailed a wonder drug, and as antidepressant Prozac turns 25 years old in January, its popularity is still on the rise. The drug, launched in...

Alternative Medicines for Mental Health

Kerry Hudson | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Many of us are choosing a greener lifestyle, and that goes for medication too. Holistic therapist Sorrell Robbins explains "The idea of alternative medicine - namely herbs - is to help moderate and balance the individual alongside medical and/or psychiatric care and not to cure conditions that mainstream doctors were unable to".

Dementia, Memory Problems and Making it a Christmas to Remember

Andrew Chidgey | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK
Andrew Chidgey

Christmas can also be the time when early signs of dementia first become apparent. Here at Alzheimer's Society, we often see a spike in the number of calls our Helpline receives just after Christmas, so we really do appreciate how difficult a time of year this can be.