Medical charities take a COVID-19 hit

Cancer Research UK has announced its intention to cut funding grants as a result of the uncertainty caused by the current coronavirus situation. In the statement the charity mentioned that they are anticipating a drop of 20-25 percent in funding income, which is a deficit …

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COVID-19: the economic impact of lockdown

Historian Sir Max Hastings, in The Times last week (March 24th), posed the question at its starkest. Should the government, through its ‘lockdown’ policy, risk such severe long-term damage to the economy, and especially to the future prosperity of today’s young people, merely to preserve …

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The COVID-19 pandemic: the world reels

Within hours of the Prime Minister’s decisions to first request and then impose restrictions on the daily life of the British people, the streets of our cities and towns were almost deserted. By this past Monday even parks were emptying.
Rarely in our history has there …

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COVID-19: working together in the NHS

I’m not meant to be here in London today; I shouldn’t be packing away my FRCS revision and receiving refunds from cancelled courses. I run past closed restaurants, pubs and gyms. I turn on the news, I turn it off. The cancellations, postponements and restructuring …

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UK response to COVID-19: will society be the same again?

I write on 18th March 2020. Nothing will ever be the same again; a previously unknown virus that crept into our consciousness at the beginning of February has now spread around the world in a matter of weeks crashing economies, spreading anxiety and panic, killing …

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Discrimination, harassment, bullying and violence in the NHS

The recently published 2019 NHS Staff Survey results have revealed the extent to which discrimination, harassment, bullying and violence are carried out against staff in the NHS.
569 440 staff members directly employed by an NHS organisation took part in the survey, which was conducted between …

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Mediation for medical negligence

A Consultant Nephrologist writes…
The rising tide of medical negligence litigation currently consumes about 5–10% of the NHS budget, so that it is a source of concern for doctors, hospitals, defence organisations, patients and government alike. In fact, only the lawyers seem able to face it …

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Coronavirus: are we at the beginning of a major pandemic?

The origin of the current coronavirus epidemic has been linked to illegally traded wildlife at Wuhan’s ‘wet’ seafood market, which sells live animals including bats, rabbits and marmots. However, the exact source of the outbreak has not been identified, although it has been suggested that …

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Do retired surgeons express regrets about their career?

A recently published study has evaluated the reflections of retired surgeons in North America on their life and career. Their results reveal that more than half (52.4%) of retired surgeons wish they had done things differently in the past. The most common (762 of 1233 …

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NHS staff: please enter password…

5 minutes and 30 seconds: the time it took this morning for me to turn on my computer and have open all the applications required to start my clinic. This process required six different passwords, producing the mounting frustration that is now an inevitable start …

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