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Doctors cannot rely on ‘invariable practice’ when defending their approach to consent

A recent case[1] contains some salutary warnings for all doctors whose actions come under scrutiny. The judge had to decide which version of the consenting...

Reaction to the Budget and new funds for the NHS: “We must not get carried away”

Nuffield Trust Chief Economist, John Appleby, said: “Confirmation that the Government will indeed give £20 billion more to NHS England by 2023 will b...

Doctors run the gauntlet of having tribunal findings appealed by the GMC

The case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has been significant for the profession for a number of reasons. As a result of this highly emotive case, the Williams...

‘No deal’ Brexit guidance: “Outcomes outlined result in UK being less influential in health sector”

Following the release of government guidance in the event of a no-deal Brexit, here's the reaction from medical and pharmaceutical representatives:  RC...

Is the phrase ‘junior doctor’ demeaning to highly skilled NHS trainees?

Orthopaedic surgeon Scarlett McNally is leading a study – commissioned by Health Education England – to suggest an alternative name to ‘junior doctor...

Reaction to Bawa-Garba’s reinstatement: “We urge doctors to keep reflecting”

President of the RCP, Professor Dame Jane Dacre “The judgment of the court of appeal is a welcome step towards the development of a just culture in he...

“Without more radiologists, backlogs in radiology reporting will continue and patients will suffer”

The premise of national standards for the turnaround of imaging reports is laudable – patients deserve a uniformly safe, high quality standardised servic...

GMC trainees survey: Juniors must get access to high quality training with expert supervision

The BMA has warned of the physical and emotional toll that long hours, anti-social rotas and unsafe staffing levels can take on junior doctors and we hope ...

‘Telling The Wrong Man He Had Cancer And Other Hilarious Stories’

“Never marry a nurse – if her lips are hot when you kiss her, and she trembles in your arms when you hold her, she’s got malaria!” What do you t...

Is it a ‘happy’ birthday for the NHS as it approaches 70-years-of-age?

As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, the NHS needs more money. Two articles in the BMJ consider how the NHS is performing and what is required going fo...

Reaction: PM’s speech on extra NHS funding and better long-term planning

Professor Russell Viner, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health “The Government’s commitment to a long-term plan is a much-d...