“HEALTH TOURISM IS COSTING THE NHS BILLIONS!”

This is a title I grabbed from a Daily Mail article. Now, on the outset this seems like a major catastrophe and anyone would be concerned that it could indeed be ‘health tourism’ that’s causing all the problems of underfunding and shortage of resources in the NHS. But is it really? And is health tourism…

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SHOULD THE NHS PROVIDE IVF FOR WOMEN OVER 40? 

IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilisation and it is one of the several techniques available to allow people with fertility problems to have children. NICE guidelines recommend that IVF should be offered to women under 43 years of age who have been trying to get pregnant for two years. However, the final decision about who…

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CRYOPRESERVATION: CAN WE RETURN FROM THE DEAD? ❄️

“What if you were told that you could cheat death by having your veins filled with chemicals, before being hung upside down in a sleeping bag inside a freezing vat of liquid nitrogen, to be resurrected in decades or centuries to come?”

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SHOULD SMOKERS BE TREATED ON THE NHS? 🚭

Smoking is a common and unhealthy habit which can lead to the development of many diseases such as lung cancer and bronchitis. A person who engages in this activity is self inflicting these potential diseases upon themselves so can ultimately be held responsible for the deterioration of their health which could follow. Treating smokers requires…

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MEDICINE – ART OR SCIENCE? 🎨🔬

Art may be defined as a creative medium in which people can express themselves or their opinions. Art ultimately aims to give a message to its viewer whether it’s an emotion, an ideology or for entertainment purposes. Science is defined by the objective principles that govern different aspects of our world and lives. Theories are…

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IS MODERN MEDICINE HINDERING THE EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN SPECIES?

Recent medical advances have enabled the human race to progress immensely in the field of genetics and disease. With the continuous discovery of new techniques, procedures and surgical instruments, it makes one wonder whether these technological advancements will lead us to being able to defy nature. They evolution of humans relies on the process of…

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“A MAN WHO CANNOT WORK WITHOUT HIS HYPODERMIC NEEDLE IS A POOR DOCTOR.”

This statement suggests that practitioners who can’t treat people without prescribing drugs aren’t actually good doctors.  It claims that the more drugs a doctor prescribes, the less their skills and expertise are.

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“THE MEDICAL PROFESSION, AFTER ALL, DEALS PARTLY WITH GUESSWORK; WE DO NOT DEAL IN ABSOLUTES.” 🤔

This statement suggests that doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals make decisions and diagnose patients using a somewhat subjective approach as there is no right or wrong in medicine.

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“PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE SHOULD BE LEGAL.” 

Firstly, I would like to make it clear that ‘assisted suicide’ in this statement is referring to active euthanasia which is performed by a doctor. This may be an injection or a form of medication which are both administered by the doctor to a terminally ill patient with a significantly reduced quality of life. In…

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“CHILDHOD VACCINATIONS SHOULD BE MADE COMPULSARY.” 💉

This was quite an interesting debating topic as I was given the position of arguing FOR the statement. After completing my research I felt as though I was in slight disagreement with the statement, however I didn’t feel I had any strong opinions on the matter. During the debate I gave my points to support…

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“COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE SHOULD BE PROVIDED ON THE NHS.” 🌿

I found this really interesting to research about as on one side we have the conventional medicinal treatments which are without doubt  successful, but can have some severe side effects; whilst on the other hand we have non-scientifically proven treatments which are in some cases believed to have a placebo effect on patients, but have…

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“HUMAN GENETIC ENGINEERING IS A STEP TOO FAR.” ✂️

Every week I will be sharing a statement which I have argued either for or against in my college debating society. I find all these topics incredibly interesting, so I will be sharing point for both sides of the argument so I can reflect on my points as well as everybody else’s opinions. I may…

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