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What do you look for in a consultant? The expectations of patients and junior doctors are exactly the same – that someone who has completed specialty-based training is fully competent to treat, teach and lead in their field.
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The BMA has published results of a tracker survey of its members.
Tags: morale and motivation, doctors
Waking up on Sunday morning I was struck by the day’s newspaper headlines.
Tags: access to treatment, general practice, general practitioners
We have a growing and ageing population, and we often hear about the desperate shortage of doctors in specialties such as emergency medicine. So how can we even be considering the prospect of doctors being under- or unemployed?
Tags: medical workforce planning
Feeling a persistent, painful weight on your shoulders? It’s probably the budget.
Tags: pay, doctors and dentists review body
This sounds so much like a rhetorical question that it’s tempting to start it with the words: ‘Why the hell...’
Tags: equality and diversity
Two years ago, legislation to protect children from breathing second-hand smoke in cars was far from certain. But a debate of ‘outstanding quality’ in the Lords gave a new momentum to the issue. Baroness Ilora Finlay, an eminent doctor and campaigner on tobacco control, hails a very good day for children’s health and democracy
Tags: smoking, westminster parliament
Tags: specialist training, foundation programme year 1
‘Heavy fog over channel, continent cut off’. This 1950s headline from the Times rather neatly sums up the attitude Britain often displays towards Europe. And today, a fog of political indifference threatens to cut us off from our European partners.
Tags: european parliament
Europeans and alcohol go way back. The Romans believed that eating a fried canary would cure their hangovers, while the ancient Greeks put their faith in the restorative powers of cabbage. Perhaps we haven’t progressed as much as we might think over the millennia.
Tags: alcohol, europe
Sometimes when bad things happen to hospitals and their staff, the process is wrapped up in bland-sounding euphemisms. Most of us have been ‘reformed’ or ‘restructured’ to our cost. But there is nothing ambiguous in what happens to a trust when it is judged unsustainable. The ‘failure regime’ is every bit as stressful and demoralising as it sounds, even when the process is necessary.
Tags: Westminster parliament, reconfiguration
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