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Moonshot or shot in the dark?

Boris Johnson announced plans to carry out up to 10 million tests in a day to allow people who are negative to be able to continue with their life as normal. This “moonshot” is planned to be financed to the tune of a £100 billion. Samar Razaq has some reservations…..

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Brave new world

2020 will be remembered as the year of Covid-19, a global pandemic that has touched the lives of more human beings than any disease in human history. Life around the world began to change.

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COVID-19 in Wales and Liberia

Not long following the horrors of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Liberia now faces the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Bryant, medical director of ELWA hospital in Liberia, describes the day-to-day struggle to provide quality care for patients in an already critically strained healthcare system.

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In harm’s way

As the country is gripped by fear of a new pandemic it places doctors and other healthcare workers once again in the spotlight. There is understandable fear amongst the public about the nature of the current pandemic and how it may affect them.

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How to ‘green’ up your primary care practice

Aarti Bansal is a GP in Sheffield and the founder of Greener Practice. She talks about greener lower carbon prescribing, reducing waste, and improving clinical outcomes. She also considers how we can reduce travel for patients and other practical actions practices can take.

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Gut feelings in GPs and cancer diagnosis

Claire Friedemann Smith explains the findings of a systematic review that suggests GPs’ gut feelings may have a role in cancer diagnosis. The studies, which used varied conceptualisations of ‘gut feelings’, showed associations with patients initially being unwell rather than with a suspicion of cancer.

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The Citadel by A. J. Cronin: A symbolic title

The Citadel, a 1937 novel by A. J. Cronin, explores the themes of social and health inequalities, drawing from his personal experiences working as a doctor in Britain’s pre-NHS era. The protagonist, newly qualified and virtuous Dr Andrew Manson, begins his medical career in a small Welsh mining town and observes first-hand the close marriage between social inequalities and health inequalities.

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The view from the ferris wheel

Who would have wanted to be a lead clinician in Public Health England at the start of the pandemic? Judith Dawson finds that trying to balance the population losses against individual and economic loss is an impossible job. But in a typical government response to unpalatable results we find ourselves being reorganised at the worst possible moment.

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Wellbeing and the primary care workforce

The primary care workforce has been right at the heart of the response to COVID-19, working hard in new and rapidly changing circumstances to ensure patient care continues to be provided to all those who need it in the community.


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