Revoking Article 50 is the only responsible remaining course of action.

An online petition calling to Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU has blown past 3,000,000 signatures in over 24 hours of going viral. The petition website crashed repeatedly as it received its fastest number of signatures since its inception, alongside the millions of signatories coming back to stare at the figures in disbelief.Continue reading “Revoking Article 50 is the only responsible remaining course of action.”

Brexit and the NHS: Just the Facts. Part 4: Show Me The Money

In a multi-part series juniordoctorblog.com looks in-depth at the potential impact a No Deal Brexit will have on the NHS. In Part 1, we looked at the impact on the supply of medicines, in Part 2 we examined the barriers to importing nuclear isotopes and in Part 3 we examined the current NHS staffing crisisContinue reading “Brexit and the NHS: Just the Facts. Part 4: Show Me The Money”

Brexit and the NHS: Just the Facts. Part 2: Going Nuclear

In a multi-part series juniordoctorblog.com looks in-depth at the potential impact a No Deal Brexit will have on the NHS. UPDATED with the latest No Deal planning paper from Govt. “Civilian Nuclear regulation if there’s no Brexit Deal”. In Part 1, we looked at the potential disruption to the supply of vital medicines. In thisContinue reading “Brexit and the NHS: Just the Facts. Part 2: Going Nuclear”

Brexit and the NHS: Just the Facts. Part 1: Medicine

In a multi-part series juniordoctorblog.com looks at the No Deal Brexit scenario and its direct and indirect impact on the National Health Service. Informed consent is the bedrock of medical ethics. It means I cannot legally do anything to you without your express permission, and for anything you do allow, or “consent to”, you haveContinue reading “Brexit and the NHS: Just the Facts. Part 1: Medicine”

The future of the NHS and junior doctors is bleak. Can we change it?

It’s clear, despite widespread junior doctor support for further reasonable industrial action against imposition, that the BMA has folded. Now in full “supporting transition” mode, the early imposed trainees already report chaotic rotas, trusts skipping pay protection clauses and lack of coherent safety reporting structures. Many doctors have left, or are considering leaving, the BMA.Continue reading “The future of the NHS and junior doctors is bleak. Can we change it?”

This is everything wrong with Jeremy Hunt’s tenure as Health Secretary

Yesterday in the Mail Hunt made at least two completely bogus claims; 1. He ‘won’ the judicial review into imposition and gained High Court backing for the junior contract 2. Post Brexit he is going to remove foreign doctors and replace them with ‘homegrown’ trainees  There’s been enough of heated opinion lately- so let’s justContinue reading “This is everything wrong with Jeremy Hunt’s tenure as Health Secretary”

Junior doctors are left with few options, none good. What now?

Today the independent judicial review into the junior doctor contract imposition legality, put forth by the five junior doctors who make up Justice 4 Health, closed. Justice Greene found in favour of the government, upholding their peculiar defence that Jeremy Hunt never actually imposed a contract, leaving it up to local hospitals to decide if theyContinue reading “Junior doctors are left with few options, none good. What now?”

Labour, left, right or other, could learn something from the junior doctors 

We’ve had some rough times in our profession. Sometimes it feels like we work in a building that’s being demolished, and Hunt and friends are wearing ear-protectors and smiling, oblivious to our screams. The frustration seeps in, and bubbles up between us if we let it-but the one thing that got the junior doctors disputeContinue reading “Labour, left, right or other, could learn something from the junior doctors “

The NHS is Collapsing. Part 3: The collapse is a choice, not a necessity

It’s my job as a doctor to interpret trends and analyse hodgepodge information to predict an outcome. I look at the NHS and see a single direction of travel: collapse without rapid and drastic intervention. In a series of posts we will look at exactly why and how this is happening. This is what IContinue reading “The NHS is Collapsing. Part 3: The collapse is a choice, not a necessity”

Brexit changes Breverything

I’ve never been one to make decisions lightly- I started this blog on the single principle that evidence based argument is the only way to discuss any issue. A while back I posted my thoughts on the new contract; I made a decision that this new contract is unfair and unsafe, and won’t stand upContinue reading “Brexit changes Breverything”