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The Rota Gap Lock-In – Dr. Rebecca H. Smith

Dr. Rebecca H. Smith is an SHO working at Portsmouth Queen Alexander Hospital. She recently recounted her experiences of working conditions and rota problems to Clinical Career. “Well we’re not leaving this room until someone agrees to cover these shifts”. The Impending Gap Silence. We all knew what this emergency Friday afternoon meeting would entail....

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The Known Unknowns of Brexit: Part II – Recruitment

The decision made by the British public for the UK to exit the European Union will undoubtedly have profound implications on the future of the country. Last week, we examined some of the known unknowns after seven months of Brexit fallout. In this second part, Clinical Career assesses one final key area over which Brexit...

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Attacks on Healthcare Professionals are Escalating Rapidly

The NHS authorities have made considerable capital out of their determination to clamp down on violence against healthcare professionals. Yet despite the bold proclamation of healthcare bosses, the number of incidents of physical attacks against members of NHS staff is seemingly escalating. NHS Employers states as a guiding principle that “NHS staff should be able...

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The Known Unknowns of Brexit: Part I

The dust is beginning to settle on the Brexit referendum, which took place on 23rd June last year. With seven months’ water having gone under the bridge, we’re now better placed to begin to understand the impact of this critical constitutional decision for both Britain and the NHS. Nonetheless, there are still a lot of...

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The Referendum on the Future of the NHS

The winter crisis in the NHS has underlined once again the problems that the publicly-funded healthcare service faces. Reports have been rife in the media of fatal blockages within NHS services, and there has even been a significant political argument on the subject. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party argues that the Conservative government has failed to...

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Does TTIP Pose a Threat to the NHS as we Know it?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, more commonly referred to as TTIP, has created a lot of headlines and controversy considering that it doesn’t actually exist yet! The proposed trade agreement between the European Union and the United States is intended to promote trade and multilateral economic growth. Ostensibly a companion to the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

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Does New Approach to Whistleblowing Really Protect NHS Employees?

Whistleblowers are perhaps more associated with the health industry than any other, with apologies to Edward Snowden. Recently the issue of whistleblowing in the NHS has made news, both due to prominent examples of this ethical industrial practice, and the health service authorities attempting to put procedures in place to protect whistleblowers. Francis Inquiry The...

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Cross-Border Cooperation Under Threat in Post-Brexit UK

The recent Brexit decision which has led to Britain exiting the European Union, or at least will in the foreseeable future, will have numerous impacts on the National Health Service. But one particularly important aspect of this change to the way that the NHS operates could be chaos in cross-border cooperation. Strong ties Naturally in...

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