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Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada

Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada

Dr Clare Gerada MBE FRCP FRCGP MRCPsych Medical Director of the Practitioner Health Programmer and Former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners writes about the importance of looking after yourself as a newly qualified doctor. I qualified as a doctor in 1982, so am now in my 35th year working in the NHS, 25 of them as a […]

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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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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 Abolition of Modern Day Slavery: The Role of the Health Sector

The Abolition of Modern Day Slavery: The Role of the Health Sector

Imprisoned and held against their own will. In fear, alone, starved or abused into submission. These are people in our very own communities. Hidden behind closed doors, human slavery is a real deal. The tragic accounts of victims forced into labour and captivity are increasingly more public in the media and online. Human trafficking is the movement and exploitation of […]

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Every Policy is a Health Policy

Every Policy is a Health Policy

Medicine cannot be separated from politics. Centuries of research, double-blind, randomised, controlled trials and NICE guidelines go some way to falsely reassure us that the medicine we practice today is a politically and historically neutral science. That is a comforting thought, and an admirable aspiration, but to kid ourselves into believing that medicine exists in an isolated bubble is dangerous. […]

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Winter Crisis Woes

Winter Crisis Woes

It is widely feared that the NHS is on the brink of yet another winter crisis. The chief executives of King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation have warned that crisis is inevitable even if the weather remains mild. This week, 12 hospital Trusts revealed that the crisis was already well under way as they were unable to admit any […]

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Medic 2 Medic- Healthcare Workers for All.

  Medic to Medic (M2M) is a pioneering charity, which aims to support health workers in Malawi and Uganda, including doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses and midwives. M2M provides disadvantaged trainees with necessary equipment and guaranteed tuition fees. In addition, medical graduates receive continued support during their internship, a year after medical school qualification in order to alleviate financial pressure. The […]

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Hunt is Still Spinning Lies

Hunt is Still Spinning Lies

Last night, Jeremy Hunt offered junior doctors an apparent 11% pay rise in a last roll of the dice to avoid industrial action. However, it has since emerged that what appeared as a pay rise would actually amount to a 26% decrease in take home pay. Hunt’s ongoing battle with junior doctors and the BMA over the new contract suggested […]

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