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Deadly delays: mental health beds supply
Deadly delays: mental health beds supply Long waits for mental health beds have been linked to others being seriously harmed. Research by The Doctor finds much of the NHS lacks even the backstop plans required by law
A watershed moment
A watershed moment Through the stress and upheaval of COVID-19, working and personal lives are being changed forever. London GP Alice Bell gives The Doctor her account of coping with a pandemic and what it means for her, her family and the world’s future
Rotation pause prompts call for well-being awareness
Rotation pause prompts call for well-being awareness A decision to pause the rotation of junior doctors in London is ‘understandable’ owing to extreme pressure on services but there must be an ‘increased awareness’ of the wellbeing of staff working on the front line.
Are your parents at home?
Are your parents at home? Doctors wanting to move vulnerable relatives to the UK face almost insurmountable barriers despite being willing to fund their care. Some are left with no option but to leave the country. Tim Tonkin reports
Living with COVID
Living with COVID The future of doctors who have been struck down by the long-term effects of COVID-19 has yet to be fully explored and planned for. Jennifer Trueland talks to two doctors about their struggle to get back on top
A million volunteers – Thailand's approach to COVID-19
A million volunteers – Thailand's approach to COVID-19 An extraordinary mobilisation of village health workers have helped keep Thailand’s mortality from COVID remarkably low. Keith Cooper reports