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  • Open the doors to disabilities

    • 3 Dec 2019
    Do you work with a colleague with a disability? Chances are you do, although there is also a good chance that you don’t know about it. I have had a disability myself practically all my adult life, and I know of many colleagues who are disabled but are hesitant to declare their disability. Unfortunately, because of the stigma attached to it, many of us suffer in silence instead of seeking support. One in five...
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    There aren’t many taboos left in the workplace but discussing the menopause with NHS colleagues or line managers might just be one of them. And as it’s a normal physiological process, why not just wait for the symptoms to pass? Well, this may be possible for some, but for others the symptoms can be significant and distressing. Simple changes like providing more flexibility in working hours could make a...
  • Pensions ‘fix’ is not enough

    • 21 Nov 2019
    The BMA has been warning for over 18 months of the impending workforce crisis that could result as a direct consequence of the current pensions taxation policies. We have been warning that without urgent action from the government, patients will suffer. We have repeatedly written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, we have written to the Chancellor on multiple occasions, hosted a briefing event at the...
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    The emerging themes in ‘Caring for doctors, caring for patients’ will sound all too familiar for anyone working in the health service, particularly as winter starts to bite and the pressures on the NHS build.
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    Some sexist behaviour is difficult to recognise, and to call out, as Dr Helen Fidler blogs.