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NHS Crisis: 40% of Hospitals Issue Black Alert; Failed A&E Targets

NHS Crisis: 40% of Hospitals Issue Black Alert; Failed A&E Targets

Pressures on the NHS are always high over the winter period but this year there have been increasing reports of serious levels of overcrowding that have been called dangerous and unsafe by those on the frontline. It has been reported that over 40% of hospitals have declared an alert in the first week of January because of major problems due […]

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Medical School Places to Increase by 25%; Fines for Doctors who Move Abroad

Medical School Places to Increase by 25%; Fines for Doctors who Move Abroad

The government have announced plans to expand the number of places at medical school from 6,000 to 7,500 from 2018. Health Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, revealed the plans at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham earlier today. The rationale behind the idea is to increase the number of “home-grown” doctors amongst a medical workforce that is made up of […]

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String of Week-long Walkouts Under Pressure to be Called off

String of Week-long Walkouts Under Pressure to be Called off

The British Medical Association (BMA) are set to meet to decide whether or not junior doctors will go ahead with the three week-long strikes planned for the upcoming months. The first of the five-day strikes, which was due to take place this week, has already been called off amid fears for patient safety coming from the General Medical Council and […]

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Junior Doctor Contract Referendum: Members Vote NO and JDC Chair Resigns

The result of the junior doctor contract referendum was revealed today, with 58% of the voters deciding to reject the terms proposed by the government. Following the results, chair of the Junior Doctors Committee (JDC) for the British Medical Association (BMA), Dr Johann Malawana, announced he would be resigning from his position as chair with immediate effect. The long-running dispute […]

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EU Referendum: NHS Medical Director Says European Workers Welcome

EU Referendum: NHS Medical Director Says European Workers Welcome

Following the results of the European Union (EU) referendum, leading to the UK opting to leave, the medical director of the NHS has implored that European workers within the NHS must be made to feel welcome. Professor Sir Bruce Keogh told the Health Service Journal that the results of the vote would leave many European members of staff within the […]

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Deal ‘Agreed’ on New Junior Doctors Contract

After an extended eight-day period of talks, a deal is reported to have been agreed upon between the government and the British Medical Association (BMA). Fresh talks took place last week and were extended early into this week following a plea from the Academy of the Royal Colleges. These talks were viewed as the last chance to get an agreement […]

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New Study Finds Fewer People Die in Hospital at Weekends

New Study Finds Fewer People Die in Hospital at Weekends

New research has emerged challenging the claim made by Jeremy Hunt that more people die in hospitals at weekends. According to a study published in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy this month, fewer people – not more – die in hospital at weekends compared with during the week. The new information contradicts the evidence used by Hunt […]

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Junior Doctors and Ministers Agree to Fresh Talks on Contract

Junior Doctors and Ministers Agree to Fresh Talks on Contract

The ongoing dispute between junior doctors and the government has been put on ‘pause’ as both sides have agreed to come back to the negotiating table. The government has agreed to hold off on imposition of the new junior doctors contract for five days – starting from Monday – in order to allow new talks to begin. The British Medical […]

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A year of medical writing

A year of medical writing

Earlier this academic year, I made the decision to interrupt my studies during my fourth year of medical school. I’ll be honest: I was having doubts about being a doctor, which given the current climate, probably isn’t a huge surprise. During my confusion over where I wanted my career to go, I decided to explore options further afield. What can […]

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Book reviews: The Unofficial Guide to Medicine series

Book reviews: The Unofficial Guide to Medicine series

The Unofficial Guide to Radiology   When I found out that this book had topped the Amazon.co.uk best selling book list, it came as no real surprise. The Unofficial Guide to Radiology by Mark Rodrigues and Zeshan Qureshi does exactly what it says on the tin- it provides a crisp, succinct guide with sufficient detail to understand convoluted concepts, but […]

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