Tag: BMJ

Junior Doctors

In November 2015 junior doctors in the National Health Service in England voted to take strike action if the government did not change its mind about a new contract, which had been debated for the previous two years. Just over…

Era 3, Health care reforn in the UK

This was the title of a recent editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ2016;352:i1651) It took my eye because, over the last 8 months I have been a main carer for someone who has become very dependent – chairbound with…

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It had to come sooner or later, and it has come sooner. Christopher Smallwood, chair of St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, writing in the Guardian on Monday February 8th, claimed that the “free at the point of use”…

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Harms of screening are certain, but benefits in overall mortality are not … “We must be honest about this uncertainty,” they say! Cancer screening has never been shown to “save lives” as advocates claim, argue experts in The BMJ today. This…

Hospital care

The thing that happened The 48 hour walk out of junior doctors on March 9th and 10th 2016 did not gain as much mainstream media coverage as the previous one day stoppages. Nor did it trigger government concessions on the…

Fewer patients are admitted at weekends, but are more likely to be sicker and have a higher risk of death from Fridaythrough until Monday Authors caution against using the data to estimate avoidable deaths, but call for more research into…

Dealing with PFI payments needs coordinated government response, says expert NHS trusts under the most serious financial pressures are the least likely to be able to terminate expensive private sector deals, warns an expert in The BMJ this week. Mark…