Dev Lall

Get beyond ‘learned helplessness’ and make the changes required in your life

I was speaking on the phone to a surgeon I used to work with yesterday. She has a reputation as a bit of a ball-breaker, it has to be said. I’ve se...

To run a successful private practice, you’ve got to be comfortable with making money

One of the biggest problems with private practice is that right from the beginning it’s a fight. And the worst thing about that fight is that it’s a...

Private practice looks attractive with the mounting challenges of the NHS

As a general surgeon who left the NHS for the big wide world in 2010 I thought it high time I popped back to see how things were going in the NHS. So I ...

Getting beyond the goodies when selling your specialty to the next generation

I justified a recent spa break by incorporating a trip to the Scottish Medical Training Careers Fair and doing my bit for anaesthetic recruitment. Now ...

An apology to the rota consultant for making your life more difficult

Senior clinicians regularly have to make difficult and unpopular decisions, none more so than the Rota Consultant. I have never been the rota consultant...

What’s the Open Golf Tournament got to do with an NHS Labour ward?

In case you have failed to notice, The Open Golf tournament is taking place in St Andrews this weekend. This means almost all of the menfolk (and some of t...

Hello my name is … wasting NHS money

Many hospitals make knee jerk responses to current issues in an attempt to be seen to be doing something about them. Thus a small issue can bring about la...

12 New Year resolutions to improve the NHS

1. Streamline equipment. Ten surgeons in a department should not mean ten different varieties of hip prostheses are stocked. A choice of two alternatives o...

An udderly brilliant Christmas tree on the ward

I couldn’t let Christmas come and go without sharing the news that healthcare innovation is alive and well in Scotland. Staff on my regular orthopaedic ...

I question the wisdom of our fight against Ebola

I have to question the wisdom of the ‘brave’ nurses, GPs, psychiatrists and emergency medicine consultants who have travelled to Sierra Leone to ‘fig...

Please stop saying medicine is like flying a plane

As I was ripping out pages of an old edition of the BMJ to stuff my wet trainers with, a quotation caught my eye. It was made by Jerry Heneghan, the direct...