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 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.”

Dear (brand new) Doctor…

To all the new doctors, First and foremost, I think I speak for our profession, junior and senior, when I say, Welcome. Tomorrow will be your first day as a doctor. A day you have probably thought about for a decade or more, but perhaps could never quite imagine.  From Hippocrates to Osler, Galen toContinue reading “Dear (brand new) Doctor…”

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.”

Dear Other Normal Human Beings

I am writing to you, because, like myself, you are a normal human being. You, like me, wake up in the morning and sleep at night, eat meals, sometimes with loved ones, sometimes alone. We are alike in our requirement for other people, for happiness, for security, for food, for warmth, for shelter. You mayContinue reading “Dear Other Normal Human Beings”

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?”