In the NHS in 2017, doctors are still using bleeps and faxing forms from one end of the hospital to another. NHS Trusts have dug themselves a cultural and procedural trench of only buying old stuff in old ways to do old things.
I work in Emergency Medicine. This means I see a complete undifferentiated range of illnesses and injuries and have to deal with anything and everything that gets thrown my way. Half of my patients I refer to “specialties” for further management or follow-up. Sometimes, referring a patient is a battle. Some doctors on the other […]Read more "Territorial medicine"
Last week, the UK voted for a snap general election called by Theresa May, Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Conservative Party. Much has been written about why she took this unexpected decision, so I’m not going to recook that here. The election results were perhaps surprising to anybody who still relies solely on […]Read more "What does the UK Election result mean for the NHS?"
I hate paperwork. I make no effort to conceal that fact. I hate paperwork for two reasons: It is bloody inefficient Much of it has no real benefit, to anyone, ever I strongly suspect I am not alone. Pubmed is awash with publications showing a negative correlation between quantity of paperwork and nurse job satisfaction[1,2]. […]Read more "Just another little piece of paperwork…"
Medical Conscription is being proposed by the UK Government. Doctors will be locked into the NHS for five years after qualifying. There are significant problems with this idea as it stands…Read more "Should doctors owe the taxpayer for their training? (Medical Conscription)"
I have very few vices in life. I don’t smoke, I drink alcohol in moderation, I don’t gorge myself on cakes, I’ve even got my coffee habit down to two cups per day. There is, however, one little luxury in life I do help myself to: decent computers. I’m predominantly a software developer. So I […]Read more "PC Specialist Cosmos IV laptop review"
Astronomy is great, except when you’ve got persistently cloudy, light-polluted skies. So here’s how to find the best places to go observing…Read more "Introducing the Shitty Sky Index™ [Astronomy]"