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Cosmetic work on the NHS

We now have official confirmation that cosmetic work should not be undertaken on the NHS, according to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. This appears to be based on figures that in the last six years 8000 people had abdominoplasties on the...

Reflections on the criticism of the criticism of the NHS

Surfing my FB pages the other day I came across a link to a blog written by Dr Rachel Clarke, a Medical Writer, Feminist and Junior Hospital Doctor from Oxford. Rachel had written this in response to The Telegraph headline...

The scandal of NHS contracts with the independent healthcare sector

Since March 2020 it was sensible medical practice to consider making all possible beds in the NHS available to potentially admit ill patients with COVID-19. The expected admission rate was supposed to risk overwhelming the NHS, so independent sector facilities apparently volunteered and were then contracted to the NHS as priority, with full remuneration for their losses, and all private practitioners were effectively frozen out from seeing, admitting and operating on their own self pay patients.

Edinburgh cosmetic doctor fundraises for local NHS workers

Regular contributor to The PMFA Journal, Dr Nestor Demosthenous, has created a JustGiving page to generate support for Edinburgh and Lothians' healthcare workers currently at the forefront of the COVID-19 response.

The New Doctors Contract NHS England – a brief summary

This is intended to provide a quick summary of recent events, an outline of the current problems, including the contract, and whistle-blowing, and what we can do to address them. BackgroundIn November 2015, after a new contract was proposed, 98%...

COVID-19 Isolation Syndrome

James Frame looks at the psychological effects of lockdown on plastis surgery patients.

First UK doctor dies due to Covid-19

An ear, nose and throat consultant has become the first UK doctor confirmed to have died of coronavirus.

Raising the bar for safer cosmetic surgery in the UK – part 2

In the second of a two-part article (see Part 1 here) Professor James Frame, from the Anglia Ruskin University, gives us his opinion on what needs to be done to improve cosmetic surgery and patient safety in the UK. Medical...

Perceptions and deceptions: a personal blog by the editor 5 September 2016

The junior doctors are without doubt the very backbone of the NHS. They span from the newly graduated medical students to the most senior postgraduate trainees who are about to embark on a definitive post as a hospital consultant or...

Training of Aesthetic Surgery: a statement from the UKAAPS President

The UK Association of Plastic Surgeons (UKAAPS) is delighted to support PMFA News and recognises the niche it holds in the education and dissemination of information about plastic surgery to surgeons, patients, regulators, facilitators, media and the general public. As...

An open letter to young plastic surgeons (from an old UK plastic surgeon)

You are in a specialty that is second to none – you can use your skills to improve the quality of life of your patients, whether they have cancer, congenital abnormalities or damage caused by trauma. Most (90%) plastic surgery...

Update on Topical Photodynamic Therapy

As a nurse involved in providing a specialist dermatology service I was invited to attend a continuing professional development (CPD) accredited study day at The University of Hertfordshire on an update for topical photodynamic therapy (PDT). The agenda was comprehensive...