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Junior Doctor Contract: why GPs and consultants stand by them
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Junior Doctor Contract: why GPs and consultants stand by them


After Saturday’s protests, we investigate why people came out to support juniors in their fight for fair contracts and patient safety. “This is the beginning of the end unless we all stand up and fight.” 20,000 people gathered in London’s Waterloo Place on Saturday to protest against the government’s proposals for junior doctor contracts which … Continue reading

Doctors in the spotlight / Mindfulness and burnout / Work life balance

Worker Drones: Have We Been Institutionalised by the NHS?


Blog post by GP Nick Marotta The NHS is a powerful brand. It symbolises everyone pulling together and looking after one another; going the extra mile. A kind of Blitz spirit prevails. This “we’re all in it together” attitude institutionalised many staff to accept deteriorating pay and  conditions in a belief that it’s for the … Continue reading

Thousands of junior doctors block Westminster in contract protest
Doctors in the spotlight / NHS in the news

Thousands of junior doctors block Westminster in contract protest


Image courtesy of Dr Daniel Sommer @danielf90 on Twitter Over 5000 junior doctors marched on Whitehall last night in protest at Department of Health plans to impose a new contract of employment.  Earlier in the day, NHS Employers had cancelled their roadshow to discuss the proposals which was due to be held at the Methodist … Continue reading

Cardiology: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants
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Cardiology: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants


Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are novel direct-acting medications that are selective for one specific coagulation factor, either thrombin (IIa) or activated factor X (Xa).  NOACs have now been integrated into CCG formularies for GPs to prescribe as part of a shared care agreement with a cardiologist/haematologist since NICE approved — specifically — rivaroxaban, dabigatran, and apixaban for use in the … Continue reading