Category: Comment

Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.

Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.

Hana Mahmood | Comment Editor   Who are the Rohingya? Neglected by neighbouring countries and rejected by their homeland, some 400,000 Rohingya civilians have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State for shelter in overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps. The Rohingya, who are not considered to be citizens by the government in Myanmar, are facing a heightened identity crisis following a military crackdown on the […]

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Care about people’s health? Then start caring about climate change

Care about people’s health? Then start caring about climate change

Elliot Clissold Comment Editor In the era known as the ‘Anthropocene’, people’s health is now decided beyond the hospital walls. That means our responsibility must extend beyond them, too   Being a doctor is hard. There aren’t many careers where as much stress and responsibility is thrust upon those who venture into it than medicine. Neither though, upon reflection, are there […]

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Grenfell Tower inquiry is a ‘complete betrayal’ of victims

Grenfell Tower inquiry is a ‘complete betrayal’ of victims

The Grenfell Tower disaster, which claimed at least 80 lives in June, is a devastating illustration of the UK’s failing social housing system. Grenfell Tower, the remains of which are in one of richest boroughs in the country (Kensington and Chelsea), was a part of one of the city’s many underprivileged housing estates. We saw the poor living alongside the […]

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Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Elliot Clissold Comment Editor It shouldn’t take a high court judge to find a hospital bed for a suicidal girl. We need more than false promises and empty platitudes if we are to help our society’s most vulnerable. Whilst shadowing an on-call psychiatry trainee recently, I managed to sneak in a hurried conversation whilst running between wards. It started with […]

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The right to re-write your past

The right to re-write your past

Hana Mahmood Comment Editor     In a world where one’s online presence is viewed as a necessity, the UK Government is making a bold statement to ensure our safety and security online. This summer will see new legislation that will make it incumbent upon global corporations such as Google and Facebook to delete personal data when requested by its […]

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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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