From The Guardian: People admitted to NHS hospitals for emergency treatment during the weekend are almost 10% more likely to die than those taken in during the week, according to a new report. Research by the Dr Foster Intelligence comparative healthcare website found that one in eight NHS trusts had higher than expected death rates … Continue reading
From the BBC: … courses which have an October deadline: medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, plus Oxford and Cambridge, showed a reduction of less than 1%…
From the BBC: Dr Kenneth Heaton says many doctors fail to connect psychological problems with physical symptoms – and argues [that reading Shakespear] could help them do it. He listed dozens of examples in which Shakespeare described these phenomena in his works. “They could learn to be better doctors by studying Shakespeare,” he said. Things … Continue reading
To all those getting their BMAT results today, 23rd November, we’d like to wish you the very best of luck! If you got the scores you expected, or did better than expected, good luck with the rest of the application process too! You’re one step closer to getting in, but don’t get complacement. Remember, you … Continue reading
From the BBC: A new generation of contact lenses that project images in front of the eyes is a step closer after successful animal trials, say scientists. The technology could allow wearers to read floating texts and emails or augment their sight with computer-generated images, Terminator-syle. Seattle’s Washington University which is working on the device … Continue reading
Areas to think about: Kenneth Williams is using humour to make a serious point. Is he right? What are some of the pros & cons of ever-increasing specialisation in medicine, or to patients?
From the BBC: A survey suggested 77% of GPs had admitted they signed people off sick for reasons other than their physical health, the report authors told the BBC. The government asked Professor Carol Black and the former head of the British Chambers of Commerce David Frost to consider radical changes to deal with the … Continue reading
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From The Telegraph: [Free Wi-Fi] would enable potentially disruptive patients to “help occupy themselves with mobile web devices”, according to experts behind a winning bid to redesign A&Es at three hospital trusts. Other ideas include using as much natural lighting as possible “because it has been shown to promote feelings of wellbeing” and replacing hard … Continue reading
From the Guardian: Health secretary Andrew Lansley is to announce that he is prepared to sack NHSbosses who attempt to save money by rationing treatment or making patients wait longer for operations. Since 2006, patients have been able to choose where they go for elective surgery, including private hospitals. Tactics employed by PCTs included setting … Continue reading