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Foreign Focus – Munich Part II

In this second part of our discussion of practising medicine and working as a healthcare professional in Munich, we examine studying in the city and Germany, along with the practicalities of registration and one’s professional career. Studying in Germany While studying medicine in Germany may be much sought after, one should be warned that admission...

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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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Foreign Focus – Munich Part I

Of all European nations, Germany arguably has the strongest economy, and it is therefore inevitably a common destination for healthcare workers and migrant labour in general. While the impending situation with Brexit may complicate emigrating to Germany with the intention of working, the reality is that skilled healthcare professionals are still very much sought after,...

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Health Committee Publishes Interim Report on Suicide Prevention

In December 2016, the House of Commons Health Committee (HHC) published an interim report on suicide prevention in order to help inform the government’s updated suicide prevention strategy. The House of Commons Health Committee “Suicide prevention: interim report – Fourth Report of Session 2016–17”, released on 13th December can be viewed online. The Health Committee...

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PFI and the Healthcare Finance Catastrophe: Part II

In this second part of our investigation into PFI contracts, we examine the impact on the healthcare system and clinical careers. It is already well-documented that the costs of building hospitals under Private Finance Initiatives has proved to be extortionate in some cases. Overspending in some construction projects resulted in service cuts at neighbouring hospitals,...

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Latest Deficit Data Exemplifies Collapsing NHS

With NHS trusts in England having posted a deficit in the region of £900 million following the third quarter of the financial year, the future of the healthcare service has once more been called into question. NHS Improvement predicts a deficit by the end of the year of approximately £800 million; significantly higher than the...

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PFI and the Healthcare Finance Catastrophe: Part I

In an economic climate defined by debt and deficit, one particular acronym has always proved contentious. PFI, or Private Finance Initiatives, have contributed a huge amount to the construction of the infrastructure of the NHS, but many believe that the debt that has resulted is far too big a price to pay. To define this...

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Foreign Focus – Paris

There are few more attractive cities for people in any profession than Paris, France (as opposed to Paris, Texas). Both the municipal and cultural capital of France, Paris understandably attracts professionals from a wide variety of fields, with many medical experts choosing to reside in this iconic and beautiful city. Culture and Society of Paris...

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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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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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