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Junior Doctors and Ministers Agree to Fresh Talks on Contract

Junior Doctors and Ministers Agree to Fresh Talks on Contract

The ongoing dispute between junior doctors and the government has been put on ‘pause’ as both sides have agreed to come back to the negotiating table. The government has agreed to hold off on imposition of the new junior doctors contract for five days – starting from Monday – in order to allow new talks to begin. The British Medical […]

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Junior Doctors Begin Permanent Protest

Junior Doctors Begin Permanent Protest

[box] Rob Cleaver reports on the junior doctors awaiting an audience with Jeremy Hunt [/box] A growing team of junior doctors have set up a permanent protest outside the Department of Health in an attempt to encourage Jeremy Hunt back into talks regarding the junior doctor contract. Starting yesterday, The team of doctors, led by Drs Rachel Clarke and Dagan […]

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Editors’ Letter 2016 No. 3 – Metamorphosis

Editors’ Letter 2016 No. 3 – Metamorphosis

[box] Our Editor-in-Chief will see you shortly [/box] For years the caterpillars toiled and toiled. By morning, they were faces on the Ward Round to inflate consultants’ egos. By afternoon they were slaves to the SHO. This was no easy slog for the caterpillars. They struggled, at times, to juggle all of the different timetables their iPads were subscribed to. They cried, […]

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Finding a Cure for Mental Health Services

Finding a Cure for Mental Health Services

I love Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.There’s not a day I regret choosing this fascinating sub-specialty. But unlike my peers in other medical specialties, my colleagues and I face a daily struggle to provide our patients with the most basic of care that they require. As in all other parts of the Mental Health system, services are desperately stretched, with assessment […]

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Editors’ Letter 2016 No. 2 – Puppet on a String

Editors’ Letter 2016 No. 2 – Puppet on a String

[box] Our Editor-in-Chief returns from exams to a situation that is yet to change [/box] When exams approach I tend to let things get a little on top of me and weigh me down, not that I’ve ever really understood those expressions. Things, those pesky things, they tend to get swept aside, brushed under cabinets and stacked in lofty heights on […]

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Dr Qureshi: the evolution of medical students

Dr Qureshi: the evolution of medical students

  Dr Zeshan Qureshi, a Paediatric Registrar at King’s College Hospital and leader of the popular ‘Unofficial Guide to Medicine’ series shares his thoughts on the evolution of medical students over time. Now that I run the ‘Unofficial Guide to Medicine’ student textbook series, I spend a lot of my time visiting medical schools, and meeting with the medical students […]

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Dr Dagan Lonsdale: the contract is ‘a sledgehammer to the profession’

Dr Dagan Lonsdale: the contract is ‘a sledgehammer to the profession’

    Dr Dagan Lonsdale, a specialist registrar in Intensive Care Medicine well known for his opposition to Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of the junior doctor contract provides insight into why he vehemently opposes it, and what we as medical students can do to help.     Let’s get conflicts of interest out of the way. I am a junior doctor, […]

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BMA announces a walk-out strike

BMA announces a walk-out strike

The BMA has just announced the planned 48 hour industrial action to take place next month will now be an ‘all-out strike’, a first in the history of the NHS. The strike planned from the 6th to the 8th of April will only see Emergency care functioning, whereas the strikes planned for the 26th and 27th of April will now […]

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Editor’s Letter: Budget blunders

Editor’s Letter: Budget blunders

Following the announcement of this year’s eagerly awaited budget plan, the BMA has expressed disappointment over what it sees as a ‘disgrace’ in the government’s failure to invest in the healthcare system. Despite an additional levy on soft drinks in a bid to tackle obesity, and albeit promises made back in 2015 to increase NHS funding, the government has failed to […]

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Why the NHS is driving us out: A medic’s view

I was sitting through a lecture when a notification popped up on my phone with news of the imposition hitting our junior doctors. At that moment my heart dropped, thinking that the strikes and negotiations had been for nothing and wondering what the next step would be. Would there be more strikes or would we just give in to the […]

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