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A significant event

A complaint brought a thriving GP practice to the brink of collapse – not because of what it uncovered, but the way NHS England handled it. One of the GPs tells Neil Hallows how he endured 14 months of aggression and suspicion, and asks how many others may be facing the same treatment

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    The Doctor (November 2018, Issue 3)

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    Hostile treatment

    Fifteen years in the UK, committed to the NHS and valued by her hospital, Shashi Awai seems just the kind of immigrant the home secretary recently celebrated.

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    'Why am I here?'

    The surgeon who gave up a 'useful job' to become an MP, on finding a role in Westminster.

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    A significant event

    A complaint brought a thriving GP practice to the brink of collapse – not because of what it uncovered, but the way NHS England handled it.

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  • EEA doctors have no faith in government, finds survey

    16 November 2018

    Most doctors from the EEA (European Economic Area) have no faith in the Government’s pledge to safeguard their rights to work and access public services in the wake of a no-Brexit deal.

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    Pressure builds to address workforce crisis

    15 November 2018

    Doctors have joined other health experts to call for an urgent effort to ease the worsening NHS workforce crisis following predictions that vacancies could treble by 2030.

  • Integration needs greater collaboration

    15 November 2018

    Doctors leaders have warned that there needs to be more realism and openness on the scale of the challenge of achieving health and care integration in Scotland.

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    We need a ‘one health’ approach to the threat of antimicrobial resistance

    In May I was delighted to welcome colleagues from a wide range of different backgrounds to the BMA, for a symposium to discuss the urgent threat of antimicrobial resistance, and the actions required to safeguard the effectiveness of these drugs – on which much of modern medicine depends.

  • Abuse concerns to the fore

    Abuse concerns to the fore

    Two little boys – early primary-school age – have been playing an unsuitable game. Unfortunately, it was a really very unsuitable game and one of them has ended up with a minor injury to his foreskin.

  • The gender pay gap - how it affects me

    The gender pay gap - how it affects me

    Today we mark Equal Pay Day, the day that women stop earning in the year, relative to men. This is not just about a gap in pay, though national data estimates that on average female hospital doctors earn at least 18 per cent less per hour than men.

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    Separated at birth

    The impact of poor access to mental healthcare during pregnancy.

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    Waiting games

    Nikki Mattocks has struggled with her mental health her whole life, owing to experiences such as bullying, trauma and abuse. Read her story here.

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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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    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.

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    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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