Category: News

Junior Doctor Contracts: A medic’s view

I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, and there’s no doubt that my first few days as an anxious F1 will be incredible and tough. But now that Jeremy Hunt has imposed the new contract, the future is shrouded in uncertainty; and that’s terrifying. 
Hunt is adamant about delivering his “seven day NHS” and that’s fine if you can afford […]

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Editors’ Letter 2016 No. 1 – The Strikes have Struck Again

Editors’ Letter 2016 No. 1 – The Strikes have Struck Again

[box] It may be new year but we’ve the same old Government indifference [/box] The year may have changed but the Government’s attitude towards junior doctors has not. The strikes have struck again. Despite negotiations between the BMA, the Department of Health and Acas, no agreement could be reached between the parties. Industrial action, initially pencilled in during December off of the […]

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Winter Crisis Woes

Winter Crisis Woes

[box] Sadhana Kalidindi of the University of Bristol reports on growing concerns over the number of hospital beds available this winter [/box] It is widely feared that the NHS is on the brink of yet another winter crisis. The chief executives of King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation have warned that crisis is inevitable even if the weather remains […]

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Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 16

Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 16

[box] This week, our Editor-in-Chief is feeling Christmassy… Sort of [/box] When Wham wrote Last Christmas I sincerely doubt that they had me in mind. However, this is my last Christmas at medical school and potentially the last Christmas for a while that I will spend hungover in my pyjamas wearing novelty socks. I have many friends who this year have […]

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Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 15

Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 15

[box] This week, our Editor-in-Chief has been revising for the Situational Judgement Test [/box] You are just finishing a busy afternoon refreshing Buzzfeed articles. Your flatmate, who is supposed to reach for the TV remote and change the channel to avoid any contact with Countryfile, is apparently sound asleep instead. You need to avoid Countryfile because it is dangerously close to being the […]

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Junior Doctors Will Strike

Junior Doctors Will Strike

[box]Rob Cleaver reports on news that industrial action will go ahead next month after 98% of junior doctors vote in favour.[/box] The proposed industrial action by junior doctors will go ahead next month after the results of the recent BMA ballot revealed that 98% of junior doctors voted in favour of striking. An estimated 37,000 junior doctors, a turnout of approximately 76%, took […]

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I Want Doctors Talking About Their Hopes, Fears and Working Lives

I Want Doctors Talking About Their Hopes, Fears and Working Lives

[box]Last week, we interviewed Johann Malawana, Chair of the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee and founder of TMS. By Rob Cleaver and Helena Angel-Scott[/box] Back in 2004, the then president of Barts and the London Student Union founded a newspaper with London Medgroup. The aim was to make students at the five London medical schools aware of the issues, political, educational and social, […]

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Editor’s letter 2015 No. 14

Editor’s letter 2015 No. 14

[box] Last month, our Editor-in-Chief did a stretch in a forensic unit [/box] Murder is a complicated thing. So complicated in fact that society is drawn so easily to lengthy, rumbling media campaigns about those who commit the crime. The battle that each of us has is trying to comprehend the circumstances, both physical and emotional, that led someone to […]

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Hunt is Still Spinning Lies

Hunt is Still Spinning Lies

[box] Rob Cleaver reports on Jeremy Hunt’s last minute attempts to avert strike action [/box] Last night, Jeremy Hunt offered junior doctors an apparent 11% pay rise in a last roll of the dice to avoid industrial action. However, it has since emerged that what appeared as a pay rise would actually amount to a 26% decrease in take home […]

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Editor’s letter 2015 No. 13

Editor’s letter 2015 No. 13

[box] Our Editor-in-Chief recounts a recent clinical and emotional experience [/box] I’ve been trying to write this article for a while now, not because I’ve been busy (I have), nor because I’ve been lazy (I definitely have) but because I wanted to do the experience justice when I finally found the right words for it. So often an agent of whimsy, I […]

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