Should the 1% pay cap be scrapped for those who work in the NHS?

The public are “weary” of austerity but the Government’s approach to the public sector pay cap has not changed, Chancellor Philip Hammond said last night. At the end of a long day of conflicting messages over a possible end to the public sector pay freeze, …

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Are older doctors more dangerous than their younger colleagues?

Patients treated by older doctors have higher death rates than those cared for by younger physicians, new research has shown. The study, published by the BMJ, suggested fewer patients would die within 30 days of admission to US hospitals if treated by doctors under 40, …

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To test or not to test (for bacterium in prostatitis), that is the question!

Does testing for bacterium in prostatitis feature in your practice? Once considered the ‘gold standard’ of testing for bacterial prostatitis, the four-glass Stamey test has fallen out of favour in recent years, yet patients are still prescribed antibiotics for symptoms of prostatitis as par for …

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Montgomery trumps Bolam

The Montgomery judgement has kicked Bolam and Sidaway into the long grass – we are now all barefoot healthcare operatives, the face of clinical practice has changed utterly, and the clinical negligence lawyers can now order their new Bentley Continentals.
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Should NHS managers be regulated?

NHS managers should be subject to professional regulation in the same way that doctors are – according to Sir Robert Francis QC – who led the public inquiry into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Speaking at a packed conference on litigation against doctors …

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Are all surgeons arrogant?

The recent publicity surrounding the prosecution and conviction of breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson risks seriously undermining trust in surgery and in surgeons, especially in relation to his reported arrogance and supposed ‘God complex’ (see the BMJ 2017 for further details and discussion). Sadly, he …

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Blowing our TRoMbone

The UK feasibility randomised trial Testing Radical prostatectomy in men with prostate cancer and oligoMetastases to the bone (TRoMbone) has opened at Oxford University Hospitals (Freddie Hamdy), University College London Hospitals (John Kelly) and Royal Surrey County Hospital (Chris Eden). Men <75 with newly-diagnosed prostate …

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Caring for eating disorders in males: a marathon not a sprint

Eating disorder diagnoses in boys and men are on the increase. Some estimates are that 1 in 4 adults with an eating disorder is male. It can no longer be considered a ‘rare or unusual diagnosis’ and good treatments are available, as is self-help, via …

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Will European doctors leave the NHS because of Brexit?

The majority of European doctors working in the UK are considering leaving the country because of Brexit, a survey by the General Medical Council (GMC) has found. Thousands could leave in the next two years, plunging the NHS into a fresh staffing crisis.
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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV: effective but controversial

Despite continuing public information campaigns, there were 6095 new diagnoses of HIV in the UK in 2015. 75% of these new infections occurred in men, and men who have sex with men (MSM) were disproportionately affected, accounting for 56% of new infections.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP …

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