Working on a Sunday.
David Cameron promised a seven days a week GP service by 2020, but without considering the possible knock-on effects
Don’t replace me!
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The global game of supply and demand that lets UK doctors move abroad for better pay is the same force pushing down salaries at home.
The health secretary should consider the history of his predecessors all the way back to Aneurin Bevan when it comes to keeping doctors happy.
Oliver Sacks died of cancer this past week.
Sacks was able to communicate the fascinating workings of the brain in ways that evoked understanding and compassion.
He says it’s for safety, but is there an ulterior motive?
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If the relationship between the government and the medical profession is the 'politics of the double bed', then this couple are in a rocky patch.
Mandatory reporting of family violence on a woman’s behalf threatens dignity and takes away her power.
Legal requirements for doctors to report family violence to police may sound good at first glance. But evidence shows it's better doctors are trained to support women to make their own decisions.
Student doctor Livhuwani Mashanzhe (R) from the University of Johannesburg takes a blood test from a patient at Kimberley train station in South Africa in this file picture.
Skilled mid level health care workers can relieve the workload of other health care workers and can help make universal health care a reality for South Africans.
There is a skewed distribution of skilled staff and an imbalance of skills.
If South Africa's complete health workforce is tallied, there is not a critical shortage of human resources to provide health care services.
Off the wards and into the boardrooms.
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Research suggests that physician-led hospitals do better, so let's have more of them please.
Labour is focusing on NHS waiting times.
Labour claims that 590 fewer GP practices are now open in the evenings and on weekends. Are they right?
Have the wards filled up with more doctors and nurses?
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David Cameron says there are 9,000 more doctors and 7,000 more nurses than in 2010. He is right?
Doctors will be asking: am I needed here?
Plaid Cyrmu's manifesto promises greater expenditure, but at what cost?
‘Clean up the U-bend and bish, bash, bosh.’
After a top Scottish medic recently claimed that medicine was too highly rated among the professions, here's the case for the status quo.
More doctors, more antibiotics?
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When retail health clinics move into new areas, antibiotic prescription rates go up.
Physician assistants provide high-quality care and can help fill Australia’s rural doctor shortage.
At a ceremony in Townsville today, four people will graduate from James Cook University’s physician assistant program. They will be Australia’s first bachelor’s graduates in that field. This is an important…
Young doctors are being judged based in their age, not their ability.
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A medical colleague was shaking his head in disgust. “What is wrong with these medical students today?” he asked. “They just don’t have the same work ethic they used to. In our day, we didn’t have to be…
Drug reps form a huge part of the industry’s marketing strategy.
Here’s what I remember. It was 14 years ago, and I was a junior doctor working in psychiatry. Some colleagues planned a dinner as an end-of-term celebration and, despite reasonable incomes, they decided…
Your call, not his.
Across hospitals and doctor’s surgeries every day, patients have to make difficult choices. But for most of us the freedom to decide what happens to our bodies is taken for granted – doctors recommend…
Our legal system already has provisions in place capable of responding to criminal conduct by health-care workers.
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Should Australian health-care workers face criminal penalties if they wilfully or recklessly neglect or mistreat patients? The United Kingdom is currently grappling with this question after systemic failures…
The use of medicine as an “instrument of violence” in both the Iraq War and the Syrian conflict shows how blurred the lines…