Author: Bushry Basheer

Care in the UK is not free and costs can differ between countries (Photo: BBC)

A Crisis in Care

An ageing population means more elderly people in need of care. However, government-funding for care has been insufficient to meet demand and we are left with a struggling care sector. What can be done?...

Big data is crucial for health informatics and research. (Photo: Dr Heather Leslie)

Share.data

Programmes which facilitate the sharing of anonymised patient data from GP practices as well as hospitals are very important sources for medical research. Communicating this with patients to allow informed decision making is vital....

The last time doctors went on strike was in 1975 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Do No Harm, Jeremy.

Junior doctors rarely take industrial action. What pushed them to the limit with the new contract, will it work, and is it ever right for doctors to strike? What is the new contract? The...

The Aedes group of mosquito is not unfamiliar to man, transmitting diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya, in addition to Zika. (Photo: SPL/BBC)

WHO will respond?

The World Health Organization was criticised for responding slowly to Ebola. Now, many fear the same with Zika. What’s gone wrong? Another global health emergency has been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO)....

A clinical trial of an oral medication by Biotrial left one man dead and four others with severe neurological symptoms. (Photo: Getty Images)

Why Missing Data Kills

The recent clinical trial in France which left one dead and five critically ill raises a question: what can be done to increase safety and transparency? WARNING: Contains images which some may find distressing....

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