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Assisted dying: RCGP continues to oppose change in law after polling members

21-02-2020 – Abi Rimmer

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) will continue to oppose a change in the law on assisted dying, having conducted a survey of its members.
The decision was ratified by the college’s…

Rules on isolation rooms for suspected covid-19 cases in GP surgeries to be relaxed

21-02-2020 – Zosia Kmietowicz

GPs seeing patients who might have covid-19 can give them a face mask and ask them to sit two metres away from other people in the surgery if no spare room is available, new guidance is expected to…

Surgeon who acted as expert witness must pay {pound}88 000 in costs, says ȷudge

21-02-2020 – Clare Dyer

A consultant spinal surgeon who acted as an expert witness for a patient suing an NHS trust for negligence has been ordered to pay £88 800 (€105 000; $114 000) in costs incurred by the trust in…

How to become a neurosurgeon

21-02-2020 – Jacqui Wise

Neurosurgery involves the assessment, diagnosis, and surgical management of disorders of the nervous system. A career in neurosurgery is demanding but very rewarding.
The first step to becoming a…

Specialty training application deadline is extended after Oriel recruitment portal collapses

20-02-2020 – Abi Rimmer

The deadline for higher specialty training applications has been extended after the application website went down just as submissions were due.
Health Education England (HEE) said that the round 2…

An unexpected finding on a chest radiograph

20-02-2020 – Chris J Kapelios, Maria Bonou, John Barbetseas, Konstantinos Makrilakis

A 92 year old man presented with recent onset of productive cough and fever up to 38.2°C.
He had a history of atrial fibrillation and symptomatic tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome, for which he had…