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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 29

Pondering as I tend to when faced with a blank page and looking for the inspirational heavenly thunderbolt to strike and get me past ‘Go’ (not helped by a yet-to-be caffeinated brain), I had one of those visionary moments. Indeed, I’m not certain why I didn’t think of it before especially as I’m a fair number of blogs behind schedule.… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 28

Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 28

Blogs can easily become a process of self-indulgent navel-gazing, embellished without contradiction and, like the Christmas letter from the hedge-fund managing cousin with her Cambridge-destined children, full of successes achieved against tremendous odds. A sort of blog-heroine that only the writer ever reads and where most others get numbed by the serial drivel which alas it often is!… Read the rest

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NHS Digital prohibited from data sharing with the Home Office on immigration offences

Yesterday, May 9th 2018, the Government accepted the principle of an amendment to the Data Protection Bill tabled by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee. The amendment restricts NHS Digital to being able to share data relating to criminal investigations only for ‘serious offences’ – this does not include immigration status and offences.  This data sharing of migrants’ patient information has been going on for many years and was most recently formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NHS Digital, the Home Office and Department of Health and Social Care.… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 27

There are many things that slip me by and snakes in the grass is one of them, mainly because except for the not-so-scary adder they don’t present a major public health hazard in the UK. Certainly, as far as I can remember how to deal with a green mamba snakebite is not part of the induction course for hospital docs in the Emergency department back home, nor does antivenom clutter up the drug cupboards.… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 26

Unless you’ve experienced it, and seeing the pics is definitely not an alternative, the Burmese New Year ‘Water Festival’ or Thingyan is an absolutely crazy time when you have to submit body and soul, but especially body, to the combined equivalent effects of being hosed down at a student ‘demo’ and being in charge of thirty children at a ‘Club Med’ holiday in the Mediterranean wearing a tee-shirt saying ‘please throw a bucket of water over my head’.… Read the rest

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