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


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    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.

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    Homelessness and the NHS - a tome of tragedies

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

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

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    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.

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

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