Category: Comment

Every Policy is a Health Policy

Every Policy is a Health Policy

[box] Guest columnist and UCL student Joanna Sutton-Klein argues that politics and medicine are inextricably linked [/box] Medicine cannot be separated from politics. Centuries of research, double-blind, randomised, controlled trials and NICE guidelines go some way to falsely reassure us that the medicine we practice today is a politically and historically neutral science. That is a comforting thought, and an admirable aspiration, but […]

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On The Other Side

On The Other Side

    I think for the most part, especially in Medicine, we are so consumed by where we are and what we study that we often forget the outside world beyond the horizon. This really struck me during the Paris attacks when the sinister reality of Friday 13th put things into perspective, and highlighted how lucky we all are in every […]

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Protest or progress? Taking safety beyond a hashtag

Protest or progress? Taking safety beyond a hashtag

Dr Oscar To Staff writer   Last Saturday saw the demonstration of thousands of doctors across the country in protest against the forceful imposition of new contracts reducing pay by 30% across numerous specialties. This latest protest being part of a wider campaign that has seen mass demonstrations throughout numerous cities throughout the United Kingdom in spite of the fact […]

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The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

Many friends and family have asked me in the past. ‘What are you studying?’ Once they hear the word ‘Medicine’, they immediately assume. ‘Wow I hear doctors make so much money!’ One even went on to say, ‘By the way I have a weird pain in my chest, why do I have that pain?’ ‘I’m not sure,’ I said. She looked […]

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1975, the last time doctors went on strike.

The DDRB deal damages our profession, our rights, and our patients

Dr Oscar To Staff writer   The recommendations by the Doctors and Dentists Remuneration Body (DDRB) have been accepted by the Department of Health in England. Having rejected several years of recommendations for modest pay increases, the first call for cuts has been taken in full. These wide ranging proposals have but one shared theme; a culling of pay and […]

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Is the Grass Really Greener in the Countryside?

Is the Grass Really Greener in the Countryside?

[box] Zoë Johnson reports on the difficulties of providing healthcare to rural communities [/box] Traditionally, when we think of the word ‘countryside’, we imagine a rural paradise where the surroundings are green, the air is fresh and health is much better in comparison to the grey concrete world of the inner city. However, in the 21st century which is ruled […]

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Lessons in PR: how to make a health secretary squirm

Lessons in PR: how to make a health secretary squirm

Oscar To Comment Editor On Saturday, a curious thing happened; doctors were making use of a new-fangled piece of technology to get their point across. The nine year old website, ‘Twitter’ was trending with #ImInWorkJeremy. Doctors thought it was necessary to notify the health secretary Jeremy Hunt as well as the public that they were working over the weekend by […]

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The tube strikes make chumps of us all

The tube strikes make chumps of us all

Dr Oscar To Comment Editor   Last Thursday my newsfeed was bombarded with people in London making complaints. The lifeblood of the capital, the London Underground was once again in lockdown due to the workers going on strike. As a member of the medical profession, a curious table began spreading, detailing how tube drivers started with a better pay packet […]

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The Things That Need to Be Said

The Things That Need to Be Said

[box]Vinay Mandagere reviews Iain Dale’s “NHS: things that need to be said” [/box] It is almost customary to start any healthcare discussion with Nigel Lawson’s quote “the NHS is the nearest thing the English have to a religion”. This institution has become so precious that few dare to unabashedly proclaim its instability, yet Iain Dale provides a fresh and, for […]

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The affair is over: goodbye London, city of smoke and mirrors

The affair is over: goodbye London, city of smoke and mirrors

Oscar To For the past three years, London has been my home. This quiet student bubble produced by the virtue of the university education system has come to an inevitable end and the thoroughfare of graduation will bring it the long awaited pop. My job has been decided with the SJT stating that a person of my stature warrants a post […]

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