Category: Opinion

Is this really doctoring?

The opportunities to treat more and more patients in less and less time is the unspoken aim of the improving of technology. But as we move into this future, we must continue to courageously ask both ourselves and our employers; is this really doctoring and who is really benefitting?

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Cumberlege: Responding to those who suffer medical complications

The Cumberledge report puts forward the case for radical reform. Dealing with those who have by our actions sustained loss and pain, even as a recognised complication of a necessary procedure, can be exceptionally challenging. It is important to be able to identify and recognise the feelings that we experience in response to this scenario in order to be able to cope with them and avoid transference to the patient.

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Cumberlege: COVID-19 has crystallised the importance of patient safety

Baroness Cumberlege’s report describes suffering that was “entirely avoidable, caused and compounded by failings in the health system itself” and her report advocates for radical reform. Let us be forever proud of the response to COVID. Let us urgently examine the collateral damage that resulted from disruption to care and intervene quickly to reduce further harm.

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The conundrum of self neglect

Most clinicians will encounter cases of self-neglect during their career, which will vary from mild presentations to really disturbing cases where the self-neglect becomes extreme. What drives such behaviour and how do we manage it?

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Reclaiming the physical examination for general practice

Described as the ‘cornerstone of safe and effective practice’, the physical examination has always been an integral part of what makes a competent GP. With recent evidence presenting a decline in GPs’ physical examination skills over recent years, GP Simon Morgan reflects on his own experiences during his career.

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Grabbing the digital innovation bingo ticket in 2020

When reading articles on digital innovation in the NHS audiences are finding that they need to update their editorial bingo ticket. Classics like culture change, interoperability or costs remain. But any self-respecting writer must now include something on how the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a greater impetus for digital transformation in primary care.

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BLM, population health and policing

The effect of being stopped and searched by the police can be psychologically traumatic and leave one feeling scared, powerless and humiliated. I thought about my patients. A lot of patients I look after are black and I wondered about how negative interactions with police could affect their psychological health and wellbeing.

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