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Medical School Places to Increase by 25%; Fines for Doctors who Move Abroad

Medical School Places to Increase by 25%; Fines for Doctors who Move Abroad

The government have announced plans to expand the number of places at medical school from 6,000 to 7,500 from 2018. Health Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, revealed the plans at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham earlier today. The rationale behind the idea is to increase the number of “home-grown” doctors amongst a medical workforce that is made up of […]

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String of Week-long Walkouts Under Pressure to be Called off

String of Week-long Walkouts Under Pressure to be Called off

The British Medical Association (BMA) are set to meet to decide whether or not junior doctors will go ahead with the three week-long strikes planned for the upcoming months. The first of the five-day strikes, which was due to take place this week, has already been called off amid fears for patient safety coming from the General Medical Council and […]

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If medicine were like politics we’d all be selling snake oil

If medicine were like politics we’d all be selling snake oil

Oscar To Staff writer   The patient sits in the GP practice awaiting their appointment. You walk in, and before even letting them say a word, you tell them they have cancer. You then immediately then tell them they need blood tests, an x-ray, CT scan, and an MRI. Finally, you begin telling them to take a plethora of chemotherapy […]

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Deal ‘Agreed’ on New Junior Doctors Contract

After an extended eight-day period of talks, a deal is reported to have been agreed upon between the government and the British Medical Association (BMA). Fresh talks took place last week and were extended early into this week following a plea from the Academy of the Royal Colleges. These talks were viewed as the last chance to get an agreement […]

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It’s time our generation had a voice

It’s time our generation had a voice

Oscar To Staff writer   No matter which way we look at it, stereotypes are everywhere. As we grow older, we frame things in our our experience, and we begin to hold expectations for things were and how they will be in the future. For example, we hold every expectation for the sun to rise in the morning, and to […]

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New Study Finds Fewer People Die in Hospital at Weekends

New Study Finds Fewer People Die in Hospital at Weekends

New research has emerged challenging the claim made by Jeremy Hunt that more people die in hospitals at weekends. According to a study published in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy this month, fewer people – not more – die in hospital at weekends compared with during the week. The new information contradicts the evidence used by Hunt […]

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The Panama papers justify the strikes as a battle against corruption

The Panama papers justify the strikes as a battle against corruption

Dr Oscar To Staff writer   The release of the Panama papers this week has left governments across the globe in disarray as it turns out the benevolent elites ruling us are not so benevolent after all. These leaked papers reveal the messy trail that the wealthy take advantage of to avoid tax in lucrative tax havens that allow money […]

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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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Trump is a symptom, we need a cure

Trump is a symptom, we need a cure

Dr Oscar To Staff writer   As Donald Trump’s meteoric rise as a potential presidential candidate is generating shockwaves throughout not only the USA but the entirety of the world, many of us sit on the side-lines horrified, wondering how this could possibly happen. And that itself is the problem. We wonder, because we do not understand. Many people will […]

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#Banthebash

BASH: badmouthing, attitudes and stigmatisation in healthcare as experienced by medical students – the paper can be found here. We’ve all made an offhand comment where our feelings about certain specialities become clear. I personally am wary of radiologists and surgeons, but it doesn’t mean I tar them all with the same brush- as in life, there will be horrible […]

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