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Online Pharmacies – Growth, Dangers and Healthcare Careers

One of the recent phenomena affecting the healthcare industry in Britain has been the rise of online pharmacies. While these are absolutely fine in principle, in practice, despite attempting to enlist the assistance of healthcare professionals, in many cases these outlets have been guilty of breaking the law and inappropriately dispensing medicine. This is becoming...

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The Quality and Outcomes Framework – Are Its Days Numbered?

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) was introduced as part of the GP contract in 2004 with the intention of rewarding outstanding performance by NHS medics. Intended to standardise improvement in the delivery of primary medical services, the programme rewards surgeries for outstanding provision of primary care. Yet with QOF now over ten years old,...

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The Lowdown on Locums

Locum doctors have been a major NHS talking point over the last few years. While some form of locum support is clearly required in order to deliver the sort of flexible service demanded in the complex contemporary health service, many nonetheless assert that the way the NHS is dealing with locums is fundamentally misguided. Many...

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Judgement Day Nears in Junior Doctors’ Contract Row

There is no doubt that dispute over the proposed contract for junior doctors has been the dominant story related to the health service over the last few months, overshadowing even the general financial difficulties and organisational chaos. Media attention has been focused firmly on this major fission between healthcare professionals and the establishment that represents...

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British Medical Association Announces Suspension of Five-Day Strike

The British Medical Association has called off a five-day strike scheduled for next week on Monday, following a revolt from everyday healthcare workers. There were massive worries among health professionals about the impact that the strike would have on patients and the health service. Widespread protest was likely, with sentiment within the NHS workforce beginning...

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Royal College of General Practitioners Voices Support for Junior Doctors

The Royal College of General Practitioners has indicated that it will fully support junior doctors over imminent industrial action. Junior doctors will stage an unprecedented five-day walkout over the imposition of what they consider to be unreasonable contractual terms. Other major organisations have been critical of the mooted strike, with the Academy of Medical Royal...

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Senior Doctors Speak Out Over Junior Doctor Dispute

Senior doctors are urging the government and junior doctors to restart negotiations to avoid a series of five-day strikes in England, as the issue threatens to tear apart the top medical organisations in the UK. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents 22 royal colleges, stated that “five days of strike action, particularly at...

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The Career Implications of the Robotics Revolution

It is generally accepted now, and even becoming common knowledge, that the economic future of the planet will be robotic in nature. Science-fiction has often discussed the implications of advanced robotics technology and artificial intelligence, but this prospect is no longer on the horizon, it is with us now. Studies conducted by Deloitte and Oxford...

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Resolving Career Issues when Striking isn’t Possible – How Other industries Approach This Issue

The ongoing dispute between junior doctors and the government has underlined the controversial nature of healthcare workers taking strike action. The recent strike from healthcare professionals included the first ever total walkout in NHS history; an extreme move illustrating the depth of feeling on this matter. Doctors certainly never walk out of surgery lightly; the...

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