View From A Surgeon – A Question of Ethics

I’m mad as a box of frogs today because of something I feel to be a question of ethics. £56 billion was set aside by the NHS last year to “defend the rising number of

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View from a Surgeon – How do we change things?

Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin, 1817, said, “‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” As doctors, we have

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View from a Surgeon: The muscle that begins with ‘S’

I am constantly amazed but often distressed by the rise of social media, particularly in terms of medical and surgical management of patients. I’ll give you an example: The other week, a lady came to see

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View From A Surgeon: Consent

How times have changed. Consent in my early career was virtually non-existent. We would have patients who turned up to have an operation and when asked what they were at the hospital for, the answer

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View from a Surgeon: Take a break!

Take a break – Take a Kit-Kat! Of course there are very many other brands of chocolate, and sugar content is the buzz word of the day, but taking a break is a vital part

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VIEW FROM A SURGEON – MONEY

“Money makes the world go round” – “If I were a rich man” – “Money isn’t everything”. I could go on about all the comments and quotes about money and whether you need it, whether

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View from a Surgeon: Seniority

As I get “more mature”, my thoughts often go back to a time less stressful. As a junior doctor in Canada I was surrounded by some of the greatest names in Plastic Surgery – Hugh

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View from a Surgeon: Bullying in the Workplace

I have been bullied all my life. When I was a small kid (and I was really small) I was bullied by two boys and a girl for weeks until I stood up to them

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How money can impact your lifestyle

It has been said that money is not everything, but the fact is that life is often miserable without it. Sadly, your success is often marked by how much money you have. In reality, perhaps

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View from a Surgeon – The true cost of litigation

I would like to follow up on a recent news article that was highlighted on Tomorrow’s Consultant, as well as a follow up from my previous blog a few weeks ago. We hear about the

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View from a Surgeon: The 4 most difficult stages of becoming a consultant

First, every commitment you make toward your future feels like a sacrifice… You are just starting your first consultant post and training yourself to adapt to the new (often intimidating) commitments you’ve signed yourself up

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View from a surgeon: Time management

I’m a surgeon. Simple. Operating is what I do, and hopefully I do it rather well. The two things I am not allowed to do by my staff are booking operations or changing operating lists.

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