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NHS whistle-blowing: at what personal cost?

NHS whistle-blowing is again in the news with the revelation that Great Ormond Street Hospital imposed a constructive dismissal settlement gagging order on a consultant who raised concerns about a reduction in junior doctors numbers. Patients First UK representative, David Johnstone, spoke to the Devon and Exeter Medico-legal Association (DEMLA) about
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Burning issues in Medico-legal Practice

Last week saw the launch of a series of medico-legal seminars hosted by the Devon and Exeter Medico-legal Association (DEMLA). The seminars have replaced the traditional bi-annual conference format in creating a modern and more focused platform from which to address the burning issues in medico-legal practice. DEMLA have been
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Update from Melanoma Focus

The inaugural annual regional meeting of ‘Melanoma Focus‘ was held in Bristol this week. Among the speakers was Dr Luca Campana of the University of Padova, Italy. Dr Campana outlined his experience with electrochemotherapy for advanced malignant melanoma, as well as a variety of other tumour types including soft tissue
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1-in-5 patients unsuitable for cosmetic surgery

A recently published survey undertaken by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) showed that around two thirds of its members turn down up to 30% of patients’ requests for cosmetic surgery. Unrealistic expectations and medical unsuitability for cosmetic surgery were cited as common reasons for declining to operate.
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Cosmetic Surgery Tourism

Cosmetic surgery tourism is once again in the news, with the launch this month of a research project based at Leeds University aimed at investigating the drivers for cosmetic surgery tourism and its impact upon an emerging globalised system of healthcare. It has long been known that patients seeking a
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Calls for a legal duty of candour on NHS Trusts

The fallout from the Mid Staffordshire enquiry continues in the medical press with pressure mounting on the GMC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council to explain why so few doctors and nurses have faced disciplinary action as a result of failures leading to deaths within the Trust. The report by
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