Category: Comment

Let’s not kid ourselves, banning banter isn’t going to solve the staffing crisis

Let’s not kid ourselves, banning banter isn’t going to solve the staffing crisis

Oscar To Comment Editor   A recent piece of research published in the British Journal of General Practice found general practice and psychiatry to be the two most ‘bad mouthed’ specialties in medical school. This has lead to a tangible effect on choices of graduates, leading to the staffing crises in psychiatry and general practice, say the respective heads of […]

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The BMA proves that democracy without leadership is doomed to fail

The BMA proves that democracy without leadership is doomed to fail

Oscar To Comment Editor   After a strangely timed leadership election, the BMA have once again called off threats to strike. Whilst the BMA remains ‘opposed’ to the contract, it is due to be imposed on Monday to O&G trainees as part of a ‘trial’. The BMA currently remains silent on how the decision came about (perhaps their press don’t […]

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Everyone has potential, so why do we insist on stopping people from reaching it?

Everyone has potential, so why do we insist on stopping people from reaching it?

Oscar To Comment Editor Imagine you could visit any place you liked, no strings attached whatsoever, for as long as you liked. Where would it be? Far away across the globe experiencing a whole new culture? Or maybe some sun and sea on a hot beach? We’re all individuals with our own tastes and preferences. Now, let me ask you, […]

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Government mismanagement is the only cause of NHS failings

Government mismanagement is the only cause of NHS failings

Oscar To Comment Editor Headlines over the past week have repeatedly indicated the crisis that is growing to envelop the NHS, as A&E reaches breaking point and services are repeatedly shut down. Except this isn’t the dead of winter, but barely the end of summer. It seems the NHS is now in perpetual crisis. Of course it didn’t become this […]

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Indefinite strike is the only way to win this dispute

Indefinite strike is the only way to win this dispute

Oscar To Comment Editor The BMA is once again gearing up for a further set of strikes in an aim to force the government’s hand and restart discussions over the contract with government. In all, it is a similar scenario to one that played out only earlier this year with a contract that led to a halfway house which was […]

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If medicine were like politics we’d all be selling snake oil

If medicine were like politics we’d all be selling snake oil

Oscar To Staff writer   The patient sits in the GP practice awaiting their appointment. You walk in, and before even letting them say a word, you tell them they have cancer. You then immediately then tell them they need blood tests, an x-ray, CT scan, and an MRI. Finally, you begin telling them to take a plethora of chemotherapy […]

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It’s time our generation had a voice

It’s time our generation had a voice

Oscar To Staff writer   No matter which way we look at it, stereotypes are everywhere. As we grow older, we frame things in our our experience, and we begin to hold expectations for things were and how they will be in the future. For example, we hold every expectation for the sun to rise in the morning, and to […]

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The Panama papers justify the strikes as a battle against corruption

The Panama papers justify the strikes as a battle against corruption

Dr Oscar To Staff writer   The release of the Panama papers this week has left governments across the globe in disarray as it turns out the benevolent elites ruling us are not so benevolent after all. These leaked papers reveal the messy trail that the wealthy take advantage of to avoid tax in lucrative tax havens that allow money […]

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Women are acceptable collateral damage in the junior contract dispute

Women are acceptable collateral damage in the junior contract dispute

Dr Oscar To Staff writer The Department of Health has released the revised junior doctor contract due to be imposed this summer. Alongside it is an equality analysis that has deemed that ‘Any indirect adverse effect on women is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim’ in specific reference to maternity leave and those with responsibilites as carers. These concerns […]

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Trump is a symptom, we need a cure

Trump is a symptom, we need a cure

Dr Oscar To Staff writer   As Donald Trump’s meteoric rise as a potential presidential candidate is generating shockwaves throughout not only the USA but the entirety of the world, many of us sit on the side-lines horrified, wondering how this could possibly happen. And that itself is the problem. We wonder, because we do not understand. Many people will […]

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