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”

“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.”

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.”

Diary of an NHS Patient – 2017

2nd January 2017 New year, new diary! Just moved to our forever-family home. Nice area, good primary just round the corner for Charlie and we are only twenty minutes from Dave’s work. Only issue is they just ‘downgraded’ our local A&E– but I’m not worried, although Dave thinks I’m a hypochondriac! GP is local andContinue reading “Diary of an NHS Patient – 2017”

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 1: A Life in a Day of the NHS 

So May is in, Hunt stays, Brexit means Brexit. It’s all change in a crazy week of politics. But what hasn’t changed is the NHS is still about to collapse. May will likely be the last Prime Minister to oversee its demise. It’s my job as a doctor to interpret trends and analyse hodgepodge informationContinue reading “The NHS is collapsing. Part 1: A Life in a Day of the NHS “