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In its early days, the NHS was an institution that valued and worked in accordance with a strict hierarchy. Consultants and other doctors occupied the top positions, with nurses taking their much lowlier place close to the bottom of the pile. The gender of those who staffed our hospitals and surgeries also reflected a wider societal gender divide, with almost exclusively female nurses existing primarily to enact the wishes of almost exclusively male doctors. Decision-making rights were concentrated amongst the males, at the top of the NHS power structure. Nursing today is a very different proposition and, rather than being […]
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Smokers across the UK will be neglecting their daily nicotine intake on Wednesday, 11th March 2015 as part of National No Smoking Day. Smoking is already banned in public venues, and a law is soon to be introduced banning the use of cigarettes in cars with young children. However, with children in mind, over two-thirds of the British public believe that smoking in the home should be banned in the presence of infants, as they are particularly vulnerable to the effects of second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances. Many of these are known to be a cause […]
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The introduction of a controversial healthcare act in England is encouraging hospitals to treat more private patients to raise funds – allegedly increasing waiting times for those being seen on the NHS. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 opened up the possibility for hospitals to raise up to 49 per cent of their income from treating private patients. Previously they were only allowed to raise about 2 per cent from private sources. Critics at the time voiced concerns that those who could afford to pay for their own treatment would be prioritised over those who depend on the national […]
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