Professor Sir John Oldham, from the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, talks about reforming reform, and why he worries that research agendas are more influenced by career aspirations than patient care.
Tom Kenny, director of external relations at the Evaluation, Trials, and Studies Coordinating Centre at the National Institute for Health Research, explains how the NIHR is trying to put patients at the centre of the research it funds.
Finally doctors' health - Michael Peters from the BMA's Doctors for Doctors Unit, explains why life's everyday struggles are hard for doctors to cope with.
The latest NCEPOD (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death) report examines the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage, in England's National Health Service.
Two of the report's clinical co-ordinators, Mike Gough, a vascular surgeon at Leeds General Hospital, and Alex Goodwin, anaesthetist at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, join us to discuss the reports findings and recommendations.
The population timebomb: The idea that an ageing population is making it harder and harder to fund pensions, social care, and healthcare, as the number of older people grows in proportion to the working population. Jeroen Spijker, senior research fellow at the School of Social and Political Science in the University of Edinburgh, explains why he thinks the risk has been overblown.
Also, Michael Kidd, current president of WONCA – the world organisation of family doctors - talks about the pressures on primary care, and how he would like to attract the best medical talent to the specialty.
A modelling study on bmj.com suggests that a 20% tax on sugar sweetened drinks would reduce the number of obese adults in the UK by 1.3%, and by 0.9 for those who are overweight. The health gains are fairly similar across all income groups. Oliver Mytton, one of the study's authors, describes why a 20% figure was chosen and how the modelling was done.
Also, liver function tests follow a different normal range during pregnancy. Catherine Williamson, professor of women’s health at King's College London, explains why.
Professor Michael Marmot has spearheaded WHO Europe’s Health 2020 report, which looks at the disparity in the social determinants of health across the region. He joins us to explain why he’s hopeful for change.
Also, Spencer Ellis, consultant rheumatologist at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, explains when and why to order antinuclear antibody (ANA) tests.
It may soon be recommended that statins are prescribed to patients with a low risk of cardiovascular disease. John Abramson from the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School explains why the risks associated with taking the drug may have been underplayed.
Also this week, interviews with Steve Field, the new chief inspector of hospitals, and Richard Vautry, deputy chairman of the BMA's GP committee, recorded at the National Association of Primary Care's annual Best Practice conference.
The BMJ, BMJ Open, Heart, Thorax, and Tobacco Control – all journals in BMJ’s stable, have announced they will no longer carry research funded in part, or in whole, by the tobacco industry. Fiona Godlee, BMJ Editor in chief, explains what that means, and Allen Brandt, professor of the history of science at Harvard University, gives us a potted history of the way in which the tobacco industry has manipulated science.
Also this week, Sebastian Brandner, professor of neuropathology at UCL, explains his research into the population prevalence of the prion which causes vCJD.
There are many overlapping classifications for bowel polyps. Geir Hoff, professor of gastroenterology at the University of Oslo, explains why he fears screening for one type has lead to overtreatment of another.
Also, Sophie Wilne, consultant paediatric oncologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, discusses the clinical signs of brain tumours in children and young adults, and what treatment should follow.
As Clare Gerada's stint as RCGP chair comes to a close, she gives Gareth Iacobucci a typically honest exit interview.
Also, David Loxterkamp, a primary care physician in Belfast, Maine, explains why metrics are obscuring humanism in medical care.
A study on bmj.com raises raises concerns over possible “subjective bias owing to racial discrimination” in the MRCGP - the Royal College of General Practitioner''s postgraduate exams required to become a registered GP in the UK. Aneez Esmail, professor of primary care at the University of Manchester and the paper's lead author, explains the background to the study and its findings. Read the accompanying editorial and news story, which includes a response from RCGP chairwoman Claire Gerada.