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The incidence of malignant melanoma, which often targets young people, is rising faster than that of any other cancer in the United Kingdom. Although much progress has been made in developing new surgical techniques and drugs to fight melanoma, in many patients it can still be a devastatingly aggressive disease.
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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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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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