So it has come to pass. A doctors strike. I will be very honest – I don't like it, I don't want it and I sincerely hope the future ones won't go ahead. But we are where we are – and plenty of rainforests have been burnt down already trying to justify or refute the reasons for the dispute – so let's not go there.
One has seen on Twitter and elsewhere a lot of conjectures as to what will happen on the strike days – some genuine, some political, some trying to show themselves as neutral – a whole lot of reasons – so thought I would make an attempt at doing a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions – in case you didn't know) as to what will happen to patients.
To start with a clear statement... there is NO precedence of this. So all theories, scare stories are only conjectures at best – as are the opinions below. They are based on experience to a degree and an assumption that seniors will do their bit to help their junior doctor colleagues. To read more, click here.
Shorter needles provide “better outcomes” for obese people with diabetes, according to new research.
The study, compiled by Bergenstal et al, has dispelled the widely held belief that longer needles were the best way for overweight people to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. To read more, click here.
In November I was honoured to have been invited to the World Diabetes Congress (WDC) in Vancouver to deliver a presentation about the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), in particular peer engagement. To read more, click here.
People with type 2 diabetes should be given exercise “prescriptions” that are adapted to the individual and specify the type, duration, intensity and frequency of workouts, according to a new review. To read more, click here.