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No place to recover – the rocketing demand on the NHS from homeless patients and the staff trying to break the cycle

Homeless people are attending hospital in ever greater numbers but are discharged back to the streets where they can enter a spiral of decline, readmission and premature death. Peter Blackburn meets those trying to restore hope

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Latest news

  • The Doctor
Issue 16
December 2019
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    The Doctor – issue 16, December, 2019

    13 December 2019

    Female genital mutilation, healthcare for the homeless, tackling sexism in the NHS and historical medical artefacts – just some of the issues covered in the December issue of The Doctor

  • The Doctor
Issue 16
December 2019

    A Wellcome diversion

    12 December 2019

    New galleries at the Science Museum show when medicine was beautiful, useful and occasionally, both. Neil Hallows takes a tour

  • The Doctor
Issue 16
December 2019

    Close-up care – connecting with the community

    12 December 2019

    Patients who consult often and widely, and with ‘medically unexplained’ symptoms, can pose a particular challenge. Keith Cooper reports from a service which tries to understand their motivations and help them

Latest blogs

  • Root-and-branch pensions tax reform the only solution

    Root-and-branch pensions tax reform the only solution

    The BMA remains clear that the only long-term solution to the pension taxation crisis is to fix this problem at source by undertaking fundamental pension taxation reform.

  • The ‘s’ word

    The ‘s’ word

    The situation was, frankly, a little hairy. The infant was grey and shut down, breathing rapidly but scarcely whimpering a protest at the needle.

  • Please do not feed the lawyers

    Please do not feed the lawyers

    Apparently there are four main types of error in medicine: failure to consider a possible diagnosis, failure to examine or investigate appropriately, failure to interpret signs correctly or failure to record ones’ actions.

Long reads

  • The Doctor
Issue 13 
September 2019
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    'People like us don't become doctors'

    Overcoming the toughest social barriers to enter medicine, doctors and medical students tell us how they made it against the odds.

  • The Doctor Issue 10 – June 2019 pensions

    Are you paying to go to work?

    We asked GPs and hospital doctors about pension tax charges and how they’re affecting work commitments. Here are the results.


  • Home hero

    Neil Armstrong's doctor

    When Neil Armstrong's crew returned to earth, it was flight surgeon Bill Carpentier who looked after them. Fifty years on, he tells us about his weeks quarantined with the moonwalkers.

  • 20190232 The Doctor - Issue 9 May 2019

    The hard road back

    Alastair Watt was a respected and hard-working consultant. His death raises serious questions about how the NHS looks after its doctors when they return to work after illness.

  • The Doctor
Issue 8 
April 2019

    A place of refuge?

    Squalid and overcrowded – we visit one of the largest refugee camps in Greece.

  • The Doctor
Issue 5
January 2019

    Streets of Shame

    Homelessness and the NHS - a tome of tragedies

  • Childs play matt, Separated at birth, The effect of poor access to mental healthcare during pregnancy

    Born of injustice

    Separated at Birth junior doctor and mother of two is back in family court, under very different circumstances.

  • Holding hands, Separated at birth, The effect of poor access to mental healthcare during pregnancy

    Separated at birth

    The impact of poor access to mental healthcare during pregnancy.

  • Destination integration? Big on inspiration, short on legislation – the 'quiet revolution' in the NHS

    An end to market madness?

    Quietly, the NHS is being reorganised by health leaders but the pace of change is being forced by frontline services buckling under pressure of increased demand and diminishing resources.

  • Patient using mobile phone in emergency - manc160915

    When a doctor calls for help

    Dr Meng Aw-Yong explores the impact of a GMC investigation and where doctors can turn for support.

  • Health clinic in Zambia supported by The Virtual Doctors – one of the charities highlighted on a recent Shorthand piece we’ve done about doctor volunteering.

    Care across boundaries

    How volunteering in the UK and abroad benefits doctors and the countries that host them.

  • Shot of passenger aircraft/airliner in sky

    Enjoy your elective

    Follow these medical students and their elective journeys in Malta, Australia, New Zealand, the Himalayan region of India, and at home in the UK.

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    BMA digital features

    Read our digital features and become immersed in the real-life stories of doctors and medical students.

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