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  • ramscar

    Cock-up theory Subscription

    21 Aug 2012 Updated: 05 Nov 2012 By Nicholas Ramscar

    Conspiracy theorists can be difficult to argue against…

  • The tartan contract

    29 Aug 2012 Updated: 31 Aug 2012

    A Scottish-focused contract is on the horizon and the plan to introduce tartanised QOF indicators by 2014 is being pursued by GPs, LMCs and NHS executives.

  • khole

    The tartan contract Subscription

    29 Aug 2012 Updated: 31 Aug 2012 By Through The K Hole

    A Scottish-focused contract is on the horizon and the plan to introduce tartanised QOF indicators by 2014 is being pursued by GPs, LMCs and NHS executives.

  • jobbing doctor

    Medicine by numbers Subscription

    07 Sep 2012 By Jobbing Doctor

    You can paint the Mona Lisa, The Girl with the Pearl Earring or Guernica: all you need is a ‘Painting by Numbers’ kit. However, a masterpiece cannot be replicated, and efforts by amateurs merely emphasise the excellence of the original. Now medicine is becoming increasingly governed by the same processes used in these kits.

  • khole

    The Ship Subscription

    10 Sep 2012 By Through The K Hole

    It landed south of the Thames. No-one knew what it was or where it had come from, but its metal rim arced out of the brown sand like the hull of a ship.

  • copperfield

    A nightmare in twenty questions Subscription

    11 Sep 2012 By Tony Copperfield

    Does the MHRA not realise that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings on Buckingham Palace Road can cause a typhoon in GP-land?

  • copperfield

    Nobody notices when we're right Subscription

    11 Sep 2012 By Tony Copperfield

    One of the nice things about working at the coalface of primary care is that, in the right light and with a bit of imagination, we can sometimes make out something in the rock formation that looks exactly likethe health secretary’s face, which we can then legitimately attack with a pickaxe.

  • pev

    The tale of a spurned lover Subscription

    11 Sep 2012 By Phil Peverley

    The relentless demands of patients and an increasing tax burden have forced Phil to consider the unthinkable – going part time

  • ramscar

    Admiration for a stranger Subscription

    12 Sep 2012 By Nicholas Ramscar

    Reading other doctors’ notes gives me a window onto their working worlds. I find their choice of words can be very revealing.

  • margaretmccartney

    The commercialisation of birth Subscription

    13 Sep 2012 By Margaret McCartney

    Instead of trying to encourage pregnant women to buy things they don’t need, why can’t we just give good pregnancy advice? Margaret asks

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