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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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Foreign Focus – Alberta

In the existing NHS climate, it is perhaps not surprising that many qualified healthcare professionals are seeking to work overseas. There are a wide variety of locales available to physicians, and making a decision can often be challenging. In this series, we hope to shed some light on some possible locations for British healthcare workers,...

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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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What is the Future of the Housing Market?

Napoleon once infamously described the English as a nation of shopkeepers. But regardless of the legitimacy of this observation, what can be said with some certainty is that in the early years of the 21st century the UK has become a nation of homeowners, or in many cases wannabe homeowners. Generation Rent The rate of...

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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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