Category: Comment

Book Review – Tough Choices: Stories from the Front Line of Medical Ethics (Book Guild, 2018) by Daniel Sokol

Book Review – Tough Choices: Stories from the Front Line of Medical Ethics (Book Guild, 2018) by Daniel Sokol

Daniel Sokol takes us on a fascinating journey through the world of medical ethics, drawing on his extensive experience as a medical ethicist and barrister in London. The book consists of short chapters on contemporary ethical complexities, recent media headlines (such as the Alfie Evans case), issues core to medical practice such as the nature of the doctor-patient relationship and […]

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Zero Tolerance or Zero Humanity: Trump’s Immigration Policy Dividing Families and Opinion

Zero Tolerance or Zero Humanity: Trump’s Immigration Policy Dividing Families and Opinion

Ever since Trump rose to political fame, it has been no secret that his anti-immigration stance forms the core of his agenda. As US president he has repeatedly linked undocumented migrants to crime in the country, paving the way for his “Zero Tolerance” policy. The policy has meant that at the US-Mexican border, immigrants illegally crossing into the States have […]

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‘Would I Lie to You?’ Brexit Edition – Series 3, Episode 27

‘Would I Lie to You?’ Brexit Edition – Series 3, Episode 27

Elliot Clissold Comment Editor   It initially flew onto the scene with a Big Red Bus and ‘£350m a week for the NHS’ splattered across the sides. Since then, the long-running show has become a national favourite. Although not packed with quite as much intentional comedy as the original, its regular panellists, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, are the stars […]

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Between a GMC-shaped rock and lots of hard places: medical errors in the era of Dr Bawa-Garba

Between a GMC-shaped rock and lots of hard places: medical errors in the era of Dr Bawa-Garba

Elliot Clissold Comment Editor   Malevolent, lazy, or incompetent?   It must be one of those things.   Did Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a specialist registrar in paediatrics with 6 years of post-graduate training and a previously immaculate record, regarded as an excellent doctor by her colleagues, wake up on the 18th of February, 2011 and decide that she wanted to […]

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Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.

Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.

Hana Mahmood | Comment Editor   Who are the Rohingya? Neglected by neighbouring countries and rejected by their homeland, some 400,000 Rohingya civilians have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State for shelter in overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps. The Rohingya, who are not considered to be citizens by the government in Myanmar, are facing a heightened identity crisis following a military crackdown on the […]

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Care about people’s health? Then start caring about climate change

Care about people’s health? Then start caring about climate change

Elliot Clissold Comment Editor In the era known as the ‘Anthropocene’, people’s health is now decided beyond the hospital walls. That means our responsibility must extend beyond them, too   Being a doctor is hard. There aren’t many careers where as much stress and responsibility is thrust upon those who venture into it than medicine. Neither though, upon reflection, are there […]

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Grenfell Tower inquiry is a ‘complete betrayal’ of victims

Grenfell Tower inquiry is a ‘complete betrayal’ of victims

The Grenfell Tower disaster, which claimed at least 80 lives in June, is a devastating illustration of the UK’s failing social housing system. Grenfell Tower, the remains of which are in one of richest boroughs in the country (Kensington and Chelsea), was a part of one of the city’s many underprivileged housing estates. We saw the poor living alongside the […]

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Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Elliot Clissold Comment Editor It shouldn’t take a high court judge to find a hospital bed for a suicidal girl. We need more than false promises and empty platitudes if we are to help our society’s most vulnerable. Whilst shadowing an on-call psychiatry trainee recently, I managed to sneak in a hurried conversation whilst running between wards. It started with […]

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The right to re-write your past

The right to re-write your past

Hana Mahmood Comment Editor     In a world where one’s online presence is viewed as a necessity, the UK Government is making a bold statement to ensure our safety and security online. This summer will see new legislation that will make it incumbent upon global corporations such as Google and Facebook to delete personal data when requested by its […]

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Let’s not kid ourselves, banning banter isn’t going to solve the staffing crisis

Let’s not kid ourselves, banning banter isn’t going to solve the staffing crisis

Oscar To Comment Editor   A recent piece of research published in the British Journal of General Practice found general practice and psychiatry to be the two most ‘bad mouthed’ specialties in medical school. This has lead to a tangible effect on choices of graduates, leading to the staffing crises in psychiatry and general practice, say the respective heads of […]

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