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Greying Population is Demographic Timebomb

A new report has predicted that life expectancy will soon exceed 90 years for the first time in history, completely contradicting many assumptions about human longevity made previously. It is already forecast that women born in South Korea in 2030 will have a life expectancy in excess of 90, but many other industrialised and advanced...

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Foreign Focus – Bangkok Part II

In this second part of our look at Bangkok, we assess clinical experiences, medical practice and registration and licensing in Thailand. Clinical Experience in Thailan Although Thailand has urbanised rapidly, it is still very much an emerging nation, with a population that is largely confined to rural areas. This has many advantages, but also means...

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Should the Healthcare System Deliver Longer Patient Consultations?

New research conducted by the Health Foundation suggests that the amount of time that GPs in Britain spend with patients is the lowest in the developed world. The British charity which carries out research and policy analysis into healthcare examined 11 countries, including Germany, France, Australia and the United States, and concluded that appointment times...

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Foreign Focus – Bangkok Part I

Bangkok is a city with a unique culture, atmosphere and reputation. The city in Thailand draws visitors and residents from all over the globe, and few regret relocating to this spectacular and culturally rich environment. Studying medicine in Thailand is perfectly plausible for British doctors, while studying in the nation is also entirely feasible. So...

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2017 Budget – NHS Analysis

The spring budget has just been announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. It would be fair to say that some of the provisions that healthcare experts have been calling for were not included within the budget. But what was part of this critical economic statement, and what can the NHS and healthcare professionals expect...

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Foreign Focus – Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an infamously popular destination for British libertines, but it can also be the ideal European location for qualified GPs. The capital and the most populous City in the Netherlands arguably benefits culturally from not being the seat of government, which has led to Amsterdam developing its own unique character and atmosphere that has...

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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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