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”

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?”

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?”

The NHS is collapsing. Part 2: if the NHS were a patient, I’d be pulling the emergency alarm

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 2: if the NHS were a patient, I’d be pulling the emergency alarm”

How To Sell Off The NHS: A Users Guide

“So you want to sell off the NHS? A 65-year old behemoth, part of a raft of reforms that radically improved the quality of life of working people for nearly a century? It won’t be easy, but with this handy step by step guide you too can privatise your health service. “