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 3: We, The People

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 potential disruption to the supply of vital medicines, and in Part 2 we examined the barriers to importing nuclear isotopes essential in many treatments including cancer. In thisContinue reading “Brexit and the NHS: Just the Facts. Part 3: We, The People”

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”

“You are having a heart attack but we will fix it”. If only everything was so simple.

I’m working my second stretch of nights in a week (due to a missing EU doctor, ironically) on the heart attack service. At 3am my bleep rattles next to me and then shouts “Primary Angioplasty. Inferior MI. 10 minutes”. This means someone is flying towards us in the dead of night with a major heartContinue reading ““You are having a heart attack but we will fix it”. If only everything was so simple.”

Family separation is beyond inhumane, this is state sponsored child abuse

My daughter’s first pair of shoes were a present from her aunty. A palm-width long, green-grey dotted with gold stars, white sole, single Velcro strap. She’d been running around with that manic toddler waddle for a while, the eye watering one where every step seems to just save them from face planting to the ground.Continue reading “Family separation is beyond inhumane, this is state sponsored child abuse”

Austerity in essential public services is deadly. Grenfell demonstrates it. The NHS exemplifies it.

“I seem, then, in just this little thing to be wiser than this man at any rate, that what I do not know I do not think I know either..” Socrates  Apology by Plato The events of the last week will undoubtedly shape the future of Britain in a monumental fashion. First, an election likeContinue reading “Austerity in essential public services is deadly. Grenfell demonstrates it. The NHS exemplifies it.”

Is being a doctor just a job?

You hear this phrase a lot; being a doctor is “just a job”, but funnily enough in widely different contexts. On the one hand, the “higher calling” of medicine is derided by some, who insist it’s “just a job” like any other. On the other, doctors under extreme pressure need to know sometimes that their workContinue reading “Is being a doctor just a job?”

Gagged and bound. NHS doctors today.

“The airline industry has learnt that pilots must feel they can speak out” Jeremy Hunt, May 2016 Imagine this. You are a doctor, resident in hospital, not quite a consultant. You are employed by the hospital, but you rotate through different areas and different hospitals to broaden your experience of different practices. This is designedContinue reading “Gagged and bound. NHS doctors today.”

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”