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Two former Doctors clash over Jodie Whittaker casting

Two former Time Lords have had a war of words over Jodie Whittaker being cast as TV’s first female Doctor. Peter Davison, who played the Doctor from 1981 to 1984, said he “liked the idea” of a male Doctor and that he felt “a bit sad” the character might no longer be “a role model for boys”. His comments were promptly dubbed “rubbish” by his successor Colin Baker. “You don’t have to be of a gender to be a role model,” said the actor, who portrayed the Doctor from 1984…

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Shortfall in number of children's doctors

A shortfall in the number of children’s junior doctors in the UK should act as a “wake-up call”, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says. Their study reveals children’s units are struggling to fill nearly one in five places on their rotas. “Large gaps in the workforce have a serious impact on doctors and vital hospital services,” said RCPCH’s Dr Simon Clark. Almost 90% of children’s units are concerned about how they will cope. The latest figures are based on an annual survey by the Royal College of…

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All the Doctors, from William Hartnell to Peter Capaldi

Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi is set to pass on his sonic screwdriver to the next actor (or actress) who will take on the role of television’s famous Time Lord. Whoever inherits the part will follow a distinguished line-up of thespian (male) talent that stretches all the way back to the sci-fi favourite’s first episode in 1963. William Hartnell was the first actor to play the Doctor, appearing in the BBC show from 1963 to 1966. Hartnell, who died in 1975, had previously appeared in TV’s The Army Game and Carry…

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Health 

Use of WhatsApp in NHS 'widespread', say doctors

Doctors and nurses are using WhatsApp and Snapchat to share information about patients “across the NHS”, health professionals have told the BBC. GP Alisdair MacNair said he was aware of a number of medical groups using WhatsApp to discuss patients. Use of internet-based messaging apps to send patient information is banned under current NHS guidelines. NHS England told the BBC that it had no comment on the matter. Dr MacNair said: “I have also seen chat on Facebook groups that sails pretty close to the wind in terms of discussing…

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I couldn't feel what the doctors found in my breast screen. Then they lost it too.

  A friend went into treatment for breast cancer the same week I got my scary letter. She was so matter of fact about the chemo and the possible surgery, she was unwittingly a good influence on what was about to happen to me. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85. Photo: Stocksy I’ve had mammograms every two years since forever. Started in my 40s because of no reason except my family history is largely unknown and I have an unreasonable fear of dying…

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Why are female doctors introduced by first name while men are called ‘Doctor’?

Julia Files and Anita Mayer, physicians at the Mayo Clinic, started seeing a pattern: When their male colleagues were introduced at conferences, they were usually called “Doctor.” But the men introduced them and other female doctors by their first names. The pair quickly realised they weren’t alone. Sharonne Hayes, another Mayo doctor, had noticed the same thing. While a male colleague would be introduced as “Dr. Joe Smith,” for example, the women were often simply called “Julia,” “Anita” and “Sharonne.” “I doubt that it’s purposeful but no doubt that it’s…

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Health 

Charlie Gard case: Doctors can withdraw baby's life support

Doctors can withdraw life support from a sick baby with a rare genetic condition against his parents’ wishes, a High Court judge has ruled. Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital said eight-month-old Charlie Gard has irreversible brain damage and should be moved to palliative care. His parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard, from London, had wanted to take him to the US for a treatment trial. They said they were “devastated” by the decision but intended to appeal. Their solicitor, Laura Hobey-Hamsher, said they could not understand why Mr Justice…

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