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Healthcare: ripe for disruption

Consumers are now beginning to expect their doctors to offer the same convenience and personalisation as online shoppers with Amazon. The way we live our lives has undergone massive transformation over the past decade, with significant changes in social norms and consumer behaviour. Ten years …

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Lower back pain: advances, yes but problem solved, no

As I sit gazing at the snowflakes fluttering down onto the contours of the Swiss Alps, my mild lower backache, as a consequence of a week’s hard skiing, reminds me of the severe lower back pain from which I suffered through my latter years of …

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Five Previous Hikes for Hope, and now a Sixth in Ethiopia!

More than a decade ago Marcus Setchell (now Sir Marcus) came up with the idea of us linking up for a ‘Hike for Hope’ in order to raise funds for both gynaecological and urological charities. Marcus and I met up with Ann Frampton, from Action …

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People need to be asked what the NHS should provide

The call for a public debate about what the NHS should provide (and what it should not) in order to create a high quality and sustainable health service for the 21st century has come from many quarters. This includes the Chair of NHS England, …

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Whither circumcision?

It seems certain that the Government of Iceland is shortly to outlaw non-therapeutic child circumcision, and that other Scandanavian countries are likely to follow suit. The BMA is considering its position on the matter, with regard to its advice on female genital mutilation. A British …

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HPV vaccination for men who have sex with men – too little too late?

The Department of Health and Social Care will this year start rolling out a national HPV vaccination programme aimed at men who have sex with men (MSM). This will bring England into line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which already have national programmes for …

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A student experience of the RSM Winter Conference 2018

Bleary eyed and not quite so bushy tailed, I dragged myself and my suitcase off to my first international conference. As a medical student most of my life involves desperately trying to avoid the ego-destroying questions that are all too frequent from consultants. Now, however, …

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High Court rules Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s name be erased from medical register

In a highly unusual decision, the General Medical Council (GMC) has brought a ruling from its own tribunal to the High Court to appeal its decision not to strike off a trainee doctor from its register.
In June 2017, the GMC’s Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service ruled …

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Addressing trans people…

For healthcare professionals who have not treated trans people before, how to address them can be a worry. But it does not need to be this way and needn’t involve big changes to your practice.
I probably don’t need to say this, but treat a …

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Coping with the emotional trauma associated with surgical complications

Many years ago Rene Leriche wrote: “Every surgeon carries within himself a small cemetery, where from time to time he goes to pray – a place of bitterness and regret, where he must look for an explanation for his failures”.
Complications, which can occasionally be fatal, …

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