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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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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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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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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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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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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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