Category: Opinion

NHS and astrology: GP with a special interest in witchcraft

Adam Staten is a GP trainee in Surrey and is on Twitter @adamstaten. When MP and member of the health select committee David Treddinick suggested that the NHS should offer astrology to its patients he was widely ridiculed. To me it seemed wildly unfair that this man was so heavily criticised for expressing his personal views. Although he has no experience in healthcare provision, and although he holds beliefs that are almost universally disparaged, I see this as absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t hold a position on the most influential health committee in the House of Commons. If...

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NHS and astrology: a morning zodiac clinic

Tim Senior trained as a GP in Sheffield, and now works in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Australia. He is a Scorpio, whatever that means. He can be found tweeting from @timsenior News reaches us from the UK Health Select Committee that one of their members has suggested that there’s a simple solution to the woes of the NHS in the UK: astrology. Now, I’m as sceptical as the next doctor about how stars thousands of light-years away from Earth, that, with the trick of parallax error, suggested vague shapes to ancestors entertaining themselves on dark nights...

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Being patient-centred – who are we trying to please?

Peter Aird is a GP in Bridgwater, Somerset. This week I’ve received some good news. I’ve been ‘liked’ by the GMC. Well I say liked, I mean of course ‘revalidated’ but it comes to the same thing. I posted a few comments of questionable value on an appraisal website and, lo and behold, I’ve been affirmed by no less an organisation than the GMC. Yet the experience left me feeling somewhat flat. Curiously, being approved of by a faceless organisation, which demands certain requirements that I must satisfy in order to have their approval bestowed upon me, turns out...

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The onesie: a red flag sign for GPs

Adam Staten is a GP trainee in Surrey and is on Twitter @adamstaten. Cold reading is the art of obtaining information about a person by making a rapid assessment of their body language, manner, age, dress and behaviour. It is commonly used by psychics, mediums and illusionists. General practitioners do it too, whether it’s noticing the subtle nail changes in an undiagnosed psoriatic, or clocking the smell of stale alcohol on the problem drinker. We find clues about patients all over them and all around them. In exams the signs are usually obvious, it may be the inhaler and...

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Anorexia nervosa: how I’m inspired to be a GP

Claire Morgan is a final year medical student and shares her experience in managing her anorexia nervosa. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week runs from the 22nd to 28th February 2015. I am a final year medical student and in recovery from anorexia nervosa. At a time when general practice is receiving a lot of negative press I would like to share my experience as a patient and how I have been inspired to pursue a career in general practice. My anorexia really took a firm hold when I left home and began studying medicine. Away from home my weight...

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