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I’m a junior doctor in the NHS, and I’m terrified for this winter… By Aislinn Macklin-Doherty

The deaths in Worcestershire are tragically no surprise. Decades of reshuffling, top-down disorganisation, and now private sector demands have hammered the NHS, and it can barely cope any more.

Widespread concerns that the NHS will face the “toughest winter ever” are not exaggerated or unfounded – just look at the terrible news today from Worcestershire. We really should be worried for ourselves and our relatives. As a junior doctor and a researcher looking after cancer patients in the NHS, I am terrified by the prospect of what the next few months will bring. But we must not forget this is entirely preventable.

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NHS reforms: GPs losing faith, BBC poll suggests

4th April 2012 – The number of GPs who believe that the government’s health reforms in England will improve patient care is falling, a BBC poll suggests.

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18th Feb – NHS changes: Critics ‘not invited’ to PM’s meeting

Some of the fiercest critics of the planned NHS reforms in England say they have not been invited to a meeting about the changes with David Cameron

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