Blogs

F2 doctor recounts traumatic story of becoming COVID-19 intensive care patient

A 26-year-old trainee doctor with no pre-existing medical conditions has told the traumatic story of how he himself became a COVID-19 patient, eventually ...

Backlog of cancer cases due to Covid-19 requires emergency national response

Our worst fears about a significant build-up of cancer cases due to Covid-19 have now become a reality. Cancer Research UK revealed that there are now...

Reporting Covid-19 Deaths in England and Wales – what are doctors’ obligations?

The tragic deaths of healthcare and other frontline workers due to Covid-19 are being reported on an almost daily basis. Meanwhile, concerns continue to b...

What is a hospital’s duty of care to staff during the pandemic?

The duty of an employer to identify and evaluate the risks to an employee’s health applies to hospitals – public or private – as it would any other ...

Back on the NHS frontline: what’s it like to return to help during Covid-19?

I have found returning to clinical medicine a bit like riding a bike - wobbly, some stabilisation needed but generally smooth unless you hit a pot hole. ...

NHS needs to improve collaboration and feedback to avoid clinical errors

It was recently revealed that NHS England faces paying out £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence, with the Department o...

Government must tackle ‘shocking rate’ of burnout among doctors, says BMA

A new study reveals almost a third of doctors could be suffering burnout or stress. These findings are alarming and strongly reinforce precisely what ...

How consultants can help juniors manage clinical uncertainty and avoid misdiagnosis

Delayed or misdiagnosis happens frequently. Some feel uneasy admitting this openly, but it must be discussed because of the harm it can cause, both to pati...

Reaction to the GMC’s The State of Medical Education and Practice 2019 report

Professor Dame Jane Dacre, President at the Medical Protection Society, said: “This report echoes our own concerns about the increasing level of burno...

NHS Pensions Tax: “We simply cannot wait until the next tax year for a solution”

The Royal College of Surgeons is urging the Prime Minister to resolve the NHS pensions ‘tax trap’ after a poll reveals that 69% of consultant surgeons ...

Royal Colleges’ letter to PM on importance of NHS in Brexit negotiations

Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to ask you to put patient safety and protecting the nation’s health at the heart of Brexit negotiations by invitin...