Men’s Health Week: who self-cares wins

Men’s Health Week starts on 10 June and is 25 years old this year. It began in the USA in 1994 following a Senate Joint Resolution to establish the Week by Senator Bob Dole. The Week was linked to Father’s Day in the USA (the …

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Tackling toxic air and climate change

The risk to non-smokers of developing lung cancer is rising significantly: in the UK 6000 people each year now die of lung cancer despite having never smoked, or having smoked a negligible number of cigarettes. This is thought to be as a result of increasing …

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What do patients really think of the NHS and its staff?

What do patients really think of the NHS and its staff? That was the question NHS England wanted to know the answer to when requesting Paul Baker and Gavin Brookes to make sense of comments that patients leave online. This was no small task – …

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Remembering Professor John Fitzpatrick

Image of John cycling for The Urology Foundation in Madagascar
On the 14th May 2014, exactly five years ago, Professor John Fitzpatrick died very suddenly from an intracranial haemorrhage. The obituary I wrote for him then has has an amazing 90 000 views and more than …

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How can we halt the decline in GP numbers?

Panorama highlighted an analysis by the Nuffield Trust think tank for the BBC last night, which showed the number of GPs per 100 000 people has fallen from nearly 65 in 2014 to 60 last year.
The last time numbers fell like this was in the …

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The exodus of NHS consultants due to the tapered pension allowance

The NHS is currently facing a staffing crisis resulting in increasing rota gaps and a severe loss of workforce morale. The recent squeeze on tax breaks for consultants saving for their retirement is producing extremely bad outcomes for wider society in general, and the NHS …

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RCP members drop 13-year opposition to assisted dying

Following a poll of its members, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has now adopted a neutral stance on the issue of assisted dying.
Some groups have spoken out against the change, saying a respected medical body’s reputation has been damaged. Others called the decision ‘absurd’.
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Standing to attention!

Do you think that Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, could be described as out-of-touch and divisive for claiming parts of the NHS still require nurses to stand up when doctors walk in the room?
Speaking at the Chief Nursing Officer Summit recently, Matt Hancock claimed that it …

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Running the Marathon Des Sables for The Urology Foundation

I was languishing in Baghdad last September, having completed my final run in the sun because I hoped not to have to return there for some time. I have subjected myself to running in 50-degree heat because, in a fit of madness and cabin fever …

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Sexual harassment among female surgeons

A recent survey in America has revealed worrying levels of sexual harassment of female surgeons. A total of 1,005 individuals completed the survey. Of these 744 (74%) were women. Of the respondents, 51% worked at an academic institution, 13% at community medical centres, 15% in …

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