2015 Medical Successes

Once again the New Year is ahead of us, so here at Primary Care People, we wanted to evaluate all the great medical revelations that has happened this year. To end a successful year for our company, and the healthcare industry, we look back at how much progression has been made.

A lot of medical journals and papers this time of year will reflect on the achievements and progress that has been made. We have picked the highlights we believe might lift your day and remind us of how much we can celebrate in the healthcare industry this year.
Our Top Medical Revelations This Year:

  • Gene Editing – A ‘miracle’ event happened this year, when baby Layla Richards, was told that all treatments for her leukaemia had failed and she was going to die. The Doctors decided to give her an experimental drug that consist of a vial filled with genetically made immune cells to kill the cancer. Which, ended up saving her life. This leaves exciting discussions on the prospect of similar methods being used to treat a whole range of cancer cells.

  • A 27 year old woman in Belgium was the first in the world to give birth to a baby using ovarian tissue frozen when she was a child due to concerns of her infertility.
  • The first face transplant took place on a fire fighter who suffered from third degree burns. As well as the first skull and scalp transplant took place this year, and the first penis transplant (of which the patient now has a child on the way!)
  • A man with dry age-related macular degeneration receives bionic eye and can see his wife again after 10 years.
  • results are close to knowing what substances may help prevent alzheimer’s, including a drug that will slow it down by a third.

Due to just these few cases of huge progression, medicine is growing stronger as the years go by. There has been numerous progressions for the testing and results of cells, multiplying, protecting and growing anew.

Although there has been a huge progression in 2015, and the NHS issues are still in the limelight, we can recognise the wonderful news about medicine and where it is heading. We take this opportunity to look on the brighter side, and recognize the excitement of what has been happening in the medical industry.
Should you wish to open your New Year looking for new work, Primary Care People are here to help and provide you with whatever you desire. Please get in touch if this is the case.
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We’d also like to thank all our clients, GP’s and Nurses for committing to your job, all for worthwhile causes. We appreciate your hard work, and wish you all a Happy New Year!

Doctors Struggle Too and Need Help

We usually feel safe in the hands of our doctor, usually there are other pressing matters that our focus remains on our own health. But it has been discussed lately by the GMC that the health of doctors deserves more attention. Statistics follow at;

Up to 28 doctors took their own lives between 2005 and 2013 while being investigated by the General Medical Council…The independent report, based on a review of GMC cases over eight years, found that 24 doctors undergoing fitness to practice investigations were classified as “suicide” and four as “suspected suicide”. [1]

The GMC must investigate all doctors who have complaints made against them. It is known to be one of the most stressful processes for Doctors to undergo. Due to this, a populous of doctors are created who suffer severe stress, and in the few cases over the past years, some are driven to suicide.

Those that did suffer greatly, also suffered from alcohol and drug addiction, therefore where battling issues in their career. It was also noted that they suffered from mental disorders, ‘such as depression, bipolar disorder and personality disorder, or had addiction problems.’ [2]

Although we cannot blame the GMC for the severity of the Doctors stress, we can think about the stressful impacts that Doctors have to deal with. Dealing with the lives of others on a daily basis is one of the most (if not the most) taxing job to have. We must recognize that Doctor’s are not unbreakable, and we must understand the pressures they face. As  Dr Clare Gerada, medical director of the Practitioner Health Programme, said, “Doctors are sometimes patients too and supporting vulnerable doctors is a shared responsibility.” [3]

The GMC are aware they need to review their processes and continue to protect patients, but to also monitor the well-being of the doctors and ensure they are looked after also.

With a rise in mental health issues, we may forget to look towards those Doctor’s and Nurse’s that are surrounded by the illnesses everyday. Like anyone would expect sometimes the stress is too much to handle. We must appreciate our Doctor’s on another level – those that hold the responsibility of everyone else.

 

If you have experienced anything like this, as a patient or a Doctor, or Nurse. Please let us know. We are interested to know your thoughts.

 

[1] BBC News, (2014). ‘Support vulnerable doctors’ call. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30534001 [Accessed 19 Dec. 2014].

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid