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Thousands Protest Against Imposed Junior Contracts

Thousands Protest Against Imposed Junior Contracts

[box] Rob Cleaver reports on last night’s Junior Doctor demonstration at Methodist Central Hall[/box] Last night, thousands of junior doctors, medical students and other medical professionals staged a peaceful demonstration just a stone’s throw away from Westminster to demand a rethink over the Government’s proposed junior doctor contract. The protest went ahead despite a last minute ‘indefinite postponement’ of NHS […]

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Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 12

Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 12

[box] Our Editor-in-Chief airs his view on the new junior contract [/box] They say that the hardest thing about writing is putting pen to paper in the first place. Of course, in this day and age, it is the application of sausage finger to filthy keyboard – nonetheless the point stands. This week though I find it easy to begin […]

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Medics and Department of Health at War

Medics and Department of Health at War

[box] Sheffield medic, Amelia Lloyd reports on the current situation regarding junior contract negotiations [/box] The British Medical Association (BMA) say they will “fight any attempts” to impose unfair contracts on junior doctors in the face of the first major shake-up of medics’ pay in over a decade. Major changes to pay and working conditions are being introduced from August […]

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Physician’s Assistants – Friend or Foe?

Physician’s Assistants – Friend or Foe?

[box]Cardiff medical student, Gareth Price reports on whether Physician’s Assitants really make a difference[/box] The NHS is under pressure. A reduced budget paired with an increasing demand to cut waiting times whilst maintaining a high quality of care is putting our very British institution at risk. One of the main causes of the problem is the sheer lack of doctors, […]

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Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 11

Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 11

[box] Our Editor-in-Chief changes trains at Clapham Junction on his way to GP Land [/box] Eventually we all reach a Clapham Junction. We don’t all reach it in the flesh, the seventeen platform behemoth, but I can assure you that all of us disembark there every once in a while. It’s that sense of being distanced from everything else yet […]

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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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No More Mister NICE Guy for Antibiotic Prescriptions

No More Mister NICE Guy for Antibiotic Prescriptions

[box]Anamika Kunnumpurath reports on new NICE guidelines for the use of antibiotics [/box] Antibiotics, once a symbol of the power of advancing science and modern medicine, are increasingly being used with caution and viewed with a critical eye. New guidelines published earlier this month by NICE have highlighted the need for a change in how antibiotics are prescribed and stricter […]

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Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 10

Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 10

[box] Our Editor-in-Chief returns for the final ascent to the summit [/box] Starting a new year so soon after the last has its plus points. The knowledge that was so arduously crammed into your head in those final few hours has a chance of staying put. It won’t be leaking out of your ears during those seventy-two hour hibernation cycles, nor […]

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The Cost of Dementia

The Cost of Dementia

[box]Anamika Kunnumpurath reports on the imminent need for a rethink in dementia care [/box] In 10 years, 1 million people will be living with dementia in the UK. 2025 marks the tipping point in our battle to untangle the wires of the ticking time-bomb that is dementia. If we are ever to have any hope of providing adequate care for […]

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Jeremy Hunt and the hatred of an entire profession.

The things I do for you, TMS. I suffered through all 25 minutes of listening to Jeremy Hunts King’s speech, Hunt sounding like a five year old reading his brother’s essay and not entirely sure what all the words meant. In phrase bingo, jargon such as ‘intelligent transparency’ came up a whopping six times, and not once did he explain […]

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