Politics in Medicine

Firstly, I apologise that I have not written anything in the last few days. To say it has been hectic is an understatement!!

Seen as politics has been such a news grabber recently, why not continue the trend.

Is there a place for politics in medicine?

At the end of 2016, St George’s Hospital in south London, announced that they would be checking ID before treating pregnant patients on the maternity ward in an attempt to reduce health tourism. 

Personally I feel this is breach of everything medicine stands for. As doctors our job is to treat sick people regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, religion or even political standing. We are there to treat not to act as gatekeepers for the government, especially in an emergency scenario such as child birth. 

This is my personal standpoint, but would love to hear other people’s opinion on something like this, especially in today’s political climate.
NHS and the UK.

It’s always been a fantastic partnership. Free healthcare for the population. However, in the more recent times, resources are becoming strained, patients having to wait for hours in A&E. 

We as doctors try to help everyone to the best of our abilities with the resources at hand. Unfortunately, these resources are declining as attendance by patients increase. In a situation like this, healthcare professionals have no other option than to get involved with politics. As much as the news makes it about pay, the real problem is the lack of staff. Ever being cut, increasing the total workload per healthcare staff member. We want the best for you, our patients, however when we have 8 of you at once, each with something different, it becomes difficult, stressed and overwhelmingly tiring. Would you rather see someone who’s had 8 hours sleep and a tea break or someone who’s had 6 hours sleep and been working without a break for the last 10 hours?

Once again, I would love to hear your opinions on the situation, regarding the NHS.


Author: grumpymedicblog

A graduate entry medical student, weaving his way through med school.

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