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Doctors who miss tribunals risk being struck off, warns judge

Jue, 14/06/2018 - 13:00
The General Medical Council (GMC) should warn doctors facing regulatory hearings that they are “courting removal” from the medical register if they do not turn up at the tribunal, a High Court judge...

The poor health of paediatrics in China

Jue, 14/06/2018 - 13:00
Physician wellbeing is paramount for the health of a nation.1 Doctors who experience professional satisfaction and fulfilment promote clinical efficiency, improve patient experience and outcomes, and...

Calcium channel blockers and cancer. . . and other stories

Jue, 14/06/2018 - 12:55
No increased mortality with CCBsThere has been some anxiety that calcium channel blockers might encourage growth of malignant cells by reducing intracellular calcium concentrations and inhibiting...

Julien Warshafsky: how this doctor died and what it tells us about the system that failed him

Jue, 14/06/2018 - 12:50
At 14.03 on 28 June 2016, Julien Warshafsky sent an email to the Medical Defence Union (MDU), which was representing him in an investigation by the General Medical Council into suspected drug abuse....

Increased risk of dementia in 50 year olds with raised blood pressure below treatment threshold, study finds

Mié, 13/06/2018 - 01:35
Fifty year olds with blood pressure that is higher than normal but below the conventional treatment threshold have increased risk of developing dementia in later life, latest findings from the long...

Is the customer always right?

Mar, 12/06/2018 - 23:50
I sympathise with Rosen’s concern about the conflict between professional judgment and customer satisfaction and with her call for a solution.1 Unfortunately, it seems that new generations of doctors...

Five minutes with . . . Anna Conway Morris

Mar, 12/06/2018 - 18:40
“In the East of England, we have four vacancies in child psychiatry and one applicant. She first applied for the specialty trainee year 4 (ST4) level post in February but she is from India and didn’t...

Sixty seconds on . . . Hurricane Maria

Mar, 12/06/2018 - 18:35
How bad was it?Last year’s Hurricane Maria was the worst natural disaster to ever affect Puerto Rico. The tropical cyclone made landfall on 20 September 2017, compounding the destruction caused by...

Visa cap is costing NHS trusts thousands in failed applications

Mar, 12/06/2018 - 17:15
NHS trusts are spending thousands of pounds on recruiting overseas doctors only to have most of their visa applications refused, data obtained by The BMJ show.The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust in...

Giving the customer what they want is a risk to public health

Mar, 12/06/2018 - 17:00
The scenario that Rosen describes—of patients with sore throats requesting antibiotics against doctors’ professional judgment—happens daily in the surgery.1I am a general practitioner not a...

Assisted dying: Doctors could organise locally for law change while BMA refuses national poll, says US activist

Vie, 08/06/2018 - 17:00
Even where national representative bodies remain opposed to assisted dying, doctors could influence legal change through their local organisations, such as GPs’ local medical committees in the UK, a...

Global health engagement with North Korea

Vie, 08/06/2018 - 16:05
The recent rapprochement between South Korea and North Korea (officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is an exciting opportunity for the peoples of the two countries and for...

Michael Opitz

Vie, 08/06/2018 - 12:55
bmj;361/jun08_3/k2549/FAF1faMichael Opitz was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where his father at the time was the general surgeon to the royal family. His family subsequently moved to Namibia, and...

Paternal use of antidepressants and offspring outcomes in Sweden: nationwide prospective cohort study

Vie, 08/06/2018 - 12:10
AbstractObjectiveTo examine the association between paternal antidepressant use at conception and offspring preterm birth, malformations, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual...

Over 600 general practices will be lost by 2020 without more funding, BMA warns

Vie, 08/06/2018 - 10:55
Between 618 and 777 practices in England will be lost between now and 2022 if funding for general practice is not increased, the BMA has warned.If the projections, which are based on data from NHS...

Global medical aid charities and allegations of sexual misconduct and crime

Jue, 07/06/2018 - 12:55
Has sexual misconduct been alleged?In February news broke that some of Oxfam’s non-medical staff had allegedly paid local women for sex while delivering humanitarian aid in Haiti after the 2010...

General practice needs new models: here are some ideas

Jue, 07/06/2018 - 00:35
New models of general practice could be essential to realise the potential of wider NHS changes in England, the King’s Fund argues in a report released on 7 June.1In a project involving seven...

King’s Fund warns that access must not trump other essential attributes of general practice

Jue, 07/06/2018 - 00:35
GPs, service commissioners, and policymakers should be wary of focusing on increasing access to general practice, such as through online consultations, at the expense of its other essential...

Pre-exposure prophylaxis may increase risky behaviour when introduced, study finds

Mié, 06/06/2018 - 21:05
Although taking antiretroviral drugs as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly effective for preventing HIV infection and is recommended by the World Health Organization for high risk populations,...

Homeopathy: challenge to prescription ban is rejected by High Court

Mié, 06/06/2018 - 17:25
A legal challenge by the British Homeopathic Association to NHS England guidance stating that GPs should not prescribe homeopathic treatments has been comprehensively rejected by the High Court.1The...