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Diary of an FY1: How to be an FY1

Diary of an FY1: How to be an FY1

In his latest edition, Oscar reflects on the challenges of FY1 and how best to overcome them. In less than a month, I will be an F2. Though there are dear thoughts of the achievements of surviving the year, they are equally trumped by thoughts that I really ought to sort out where I’m living next year. These thoughts are […]

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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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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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Diary of an FY1-Elephant in the room: teaching

Diary of an FY1-Elephant in the room: teaching

  The end of FY1 reaches its climax in the ARCP, an assessment based on the e-Portfolio to determine whether or not we progress (or really whether we progress without a number attached to our name). The e-Portfolio being designed as an online resource to track our progress and ensure that we are achieving the necessary milestones to progress. Whilst […]

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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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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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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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The ‘isms’ of women in medicine

The ‘isms’ of women in medicine

Prof Saffron Whitehead, distinguished Emeritus Professor at  St George’s University of London and author of the highly successful ‘Clinical Endocrinology’ textbook shares some of her personal thoughts on feminism and ageism in medicine.      In 1974 I returned from Canada to England, armed with a PhD. I decided to go into medicine and two of my applications resulted in invitations for interview. […]

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