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At the start of 2016, it would have been hard to predict quite what a tumultuous year it turned out to be, both in and outside the medical profession.
The first days of industrial action by junior doctors took place on January 12th to a largely positive response from the public. BMA content editor Neil Hallows gathered stories from the frontline.
February saw the publication of Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Stephen Shaw’s review into the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons. Freedom From Torture’s head of doctors Juliet Cohen outlined her concerns.
Do you know where your medical gloves come from? A BMA report released in March, In Good Hands, shone a light on the ethical and moral responsibilities of the NHS supply chain.
The BMA unveiled its blueprint to tackle the growing crisis in general practice in April. The five-point Urgent Prescription for General Practice kicked off by targeting practice managers; the GP’s gatekeeper.
‘There is always hope’, said consultant in palliative medicine Becky Hirst, as the BMA launched the culmination of a major project into end of life care and assisted dying in May.
‘My secure life in my loving family was changed in an instant to one dominated by the grief of adults’. In June, then-BMA president Sir Al Aynsley-Green offered a moving insight into his motivation for becoming a doctor.
In the aftermath of the Brexit vote there was a lot of uncertainty about what it would mean for European doctors in the UK. This case study of German junior doctor Anna Riedel in July was just one example, which highlights the importance of supporting our overseas doctors.
After returning to work from maternity leave five times, consultant gastroenterologist Helen Fidler is no stranger to the fear of the first few days back, as she wrote in August. Have you ever suffered from ‘imposter syndrome?’.
FY2 Rebecca Morgan struggled to come to terms with her reputation preceding her in September, after it became clear that she had a knack for getting to the bottom of things.
As the dust began to settle on the Brexit decision in October, we were still no closer to knowing what it would mean for the UK. Paul Laffin from the BMA’s EU office wondered when we might get some clarity.
Taking time to reflect on complaints from patients can be an important part of the learning process, said Emily Claire Vincent in November.
The BMA’s Equality Lens research outlined the make up of the medical profession in December, highlighting the importance of improving representation for women and ethnic minority groups.
So there you have it - a year in twelve blogs. Merry Christmas and a happy 2017 to all of our readers.