Whistleblowing in the NHS

Over the past several years the Department of Health has placed great emphasis on patient safety. Unfortunately the name and shame approach of investigation, suspension, litigation and even prosecution is unlikely to make patient care safer – rather it will promote secrecy and defensive medicine.
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The Atlantic Seamen have completed their epic row across the Atlantic

On 24 January 2019, the Atlantic Seamen arrived in Antigua after an epic 46 days, 4 hours, and 8 minutes of non-stop rowing. Their journey had taken them right across the Atlantic Ocean as they took part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge to raise …

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Twitter chat: Thinking About Sex Day

Thinking About Sex Day takes place every 14 February. It’s an opportunity to talk about all things sex and this year The Urology Foundation are taking part in a live Twitter Chat that will look at erectile dysfunction (ED).
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Reducing burnout amongst clinicians

Tragically, every three weeks a doctor in the UK commits suicide.  Many more opt either to leave the profession altogether during their training, or to take early retirement. Things seem to be deteriorating rather than improving, and this begs the question: what can we do …

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Laser hair removal in surgery

Lasers have been used since the mid-1990s for hair depilation to permanently reduce the number and thickness of hairs using a series of simple outpatient treatments. The first lasers had limitations as to which skin types could be safely treated, but newer systems can treat …

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Have your say: penile prosthesis commissioning and the future of men’s health surgery

In 2018, NHS England produced a draft service specification proposing how penile prosthesis surgery should be delivered in England in the future. In this document they stated that they would like this procedure concentrated to just four centres in all, each performing approximately 100 cases …

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Are virtual consultations both practical and safe?

The NHS’s new plan promises that ‘over the next five years, every patient will have the right to online digital GP consultations, and that redesigned hospital support will mean up to a third of outpatient appointments will be unnecessary, saving patients 30 million trips to …

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How will a ‘no deal’ Brexit affect the NHS?

At a recent meeting of UK urologists I asked for a show of hands of those who had voted to remain in the European Union – around 90% of the sizeable audience indicated that they had. They, like me, seemed appalled that David Cameron had …

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The transatlantic row has started!

Right now four men are rowing across an ocean for urology
Four men from Cornwall are currently taking on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge to raise donations for The Urology Foundation and you can help.
Jon, Bez, Andy, and Alex are the Atlantic Seamen. They are four …

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Hike for Hope VI: Ethiopia

In the last week of November, 14 intrepid individuals, including Sir Marcus Setchell and myself, travelled to Addis Ababa and then on to Gondar to trek for 100 miles through the Simien Mountains and to climb Ethiopia’s highest peak in order to raise much needed …

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