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Will doctors be obsolete within the next 10 years?

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Health experts have predicted that artificial intelligence will replace doctors within the next TEN years.

With the rise of apps and websites ready to diagnose illness and give treatment recommendations within seconds, the UKs stem cell bank, says that GPs will soon be a thing of the past, and instead we’ll turn to AI to give us all the information we need.

Among the apps already available for phones are those, which can provide information about the right dosage for specific prescription drugs, and diagnose health problems for you. There are even those that give you access to your medical records at any time, and allow you to request repeat prescriptions and have them delivered straight to your door.

Spokesperson Mark Hall for said: “The way technology is affecting our health is so huge that we could see doctors completely replaced within ten years. “

“Companies like ours, which bank stem cells to treat an individual’s future health problems, are generally thought of as being the best examples of high tech health solutions. “

“But the truth is that every area of medicine is being affected by new technology, including something as mundane as simply visiting your GP. With the apps and websites that people have access to at the touch of a button, it’s simply a case of diagnosing a set of symptoms, finding out what the treatment will be, and then ordering and repeating the treatment whenever necessary.”

But how will the public feel about the move away from GPs? Sally, 45, from Nottingham, said: “I much prefer to see someone face to face. There are some things that technology is good for, and I’m more than happy for that to carry on, but I’ll personally always want to see a real person when I’m not feeling well. I know lots of older people will feel the same way too.”

Among younger generations, usually known as ‘digital natives’, the mood is very different. Carl, 23, said: “I’m too busy to go to a doctor and I don’t really see the point. Most things that are wrong with you can research online in no time. I really like the idea of using apps and artificial intelligence instead, as long as the information going in is good then I don’t see the difference between getting assessed by an app or getting assessed by a doctor, it’s all the same to me.”

While it might be the case that doctors could in theory be replaced by artificial intelligence very soon, it seems we’re not quite culturally ready for the switch just yet. So while medical apps continue to grow in popularity and usefulness, they’re still more of an addition to GPs rather than a replacement.

GP’s stand up for Grenfall: London-based doc-turned-stand-up-comic raising money for tower block fire victims

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Ahmed Kazmi played two sell-out shows in Notting Hill with his act 'Doctor in the House: what your doctor really thinks' and all the proceeds are going to the Grenfell victims.

As well as the money made from the shows he has set up a JustGiving page to use his philosophy of laughter being a good medicine to help those who most need it.

His clinic is less than 800- metres from Grenfell Tower and several of his patients were residents there so Ahmed felt a personal need to do something due to the tragic circumstances.

Describing the scene as eerie and like something from an apocalypse film, Ahmed and his surgery spent the doing their upmost to comfort anyone in need.

Ahmed struggles to describe what he felt that day but speaks highly of what happened next: "I didn't see or feel any despair or terror. The overwhelming feeling was of love, unity, and solidarity.

"Every street corner of was taken over by agencies there to help: a makeshift housing office, a lost relatives bureau, the Red Cross, and a doctor and nurse station to name a few.

"People arrived one after the other with food, clothes, and toiletries.

"They quickly sorted the items and displayed them and helped the affected pack what supplies they needed into bags.

"A group of young black Muslim boys, who were fasting themselves, walked around with jumbo pizzas offering everyone slices."

Due to the huge amount of generosity shown by the public Ahmed felt slightly redundant as a doctor as the emergency centres were so well staffed: "I sat down on the floor and played with some children. I didn't use my stethoscope those hours while I was at the centre, but I still feel I was a doctor.

"I think that sometimes empathy and witnessing someone's grief are as important a part of our role as procedures or prescribing."

What a champion! 84-year-old former Leeds GP awarded MBE for his dedication to the local community

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ICONIC: Dr. Khan has been awarded an MBE by HM Queen for services to local community

ICONIC: Dr. Khan has been awarded an MBE by HM Queen for services to local community


A well respected former Leeds GP has been awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to the Muslim community and community cohesion.

Dr. Shah Khan, 84, moved to England from Hyderabad in India in the 1960’s and has made it his mission ever since to bring the community together no matter what their religion, alongside being a practicing GP.

He came over to England to study at the Royal College of Gynaecologists in London before starting out working in hospitals in Leeds before later setting up his own GP with his wife Abida, which has since been overtaken by his son following their retirement.

He has three children and further grandchildren and they are all following in the family tradition as they are also studying medical related subjects at highly esteemed Universities in the country, with his son and daughter in law practicing GP’s in Leeds.

Dr. Khan also does an incredible amount of work for his local community, and is a well-respected figure who people go to for advice and help from. He prides himself on being there for anyone who needs him.

This is reflected by his work as the chairman of the Islamic Centre in Leeds which he has been for over 30 years, a place which he helped gain the original planning permission for and has since served as a place for a variety of age groups and people to use.

The facility has proved a major feature of the local community bringing people together and allowing people to create friendships, Dr. Khan explained his involvement he said: “I like to give advice to the local community and be helpful to all the community no matter who they are.

“I believe they come to me because of my sincerity and honesty. There is a good group at the Islamic Centre which helps the development for the Muslim community in Leeds. The team do a lot of good work including General Secretary Mohammed Younis.

“I helped to establish the only Mosque with a facility for the elderly, children and school groups, it has since been supported by the council and is a success, I have been chair of the Islamic group since 1983.”

Dr. Khan also prides himself on doing charitable work for causes in need displaying his selfless nature, he said: “I’ve done a lot of charitable work over the years raising thousands of pounds for causes in Pakistan which have suffered in natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, as well as other needy causes.”

Over the years Dr. Khan has also devoted his time to training up fellow doctors, he spent years as Chairman of the Overseas Doctors Association until his recent retirement.

In this role, he used to organise lectures to help train them up so they were readily qualified, in this time he built up good rapport with local consultants, he would increase their knowledge of what treatments and drugs to prescribe amongst other important roles.

Dr. Khan also was Chairman of the Yorkshire India Centre which was mostly built up of doctors, they did a lot of community work. He was also the chair of council at the Mosque which he was for 10-20 years.

He was also involved with the beginning of the Union of Muslim Organisation in which he was a part of for 10 years at the beginning where they looked to unite all Muslims from all countries.

In more recent times Dr. Khan has managed to find the time to add another community based service to his highly esteemed repertoire as he has trained to be an English Marriage Registrar. Dr. Khan spoke of his quirky new skill he said.

“It’s unique for the Muslim community but I think it is special being able to support the community and give people the opportunity to go through a proper English way of marriage in a Mosque, I follow the rules and regulations and feel it is a good thing that is important for the community.”

Attention all future doctors & dentists

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Yorkshire’s ‘BIG’ issue

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WORRYING TREND: Dr Hasantha Jayasinghe says he is worried about the latest figures showing a lack of awareness about cancer

WORRYING TREND: Dr Hasantha Jayasinghe says he is worried about the latest figures showing a lack of awareness about cancer

Preventable cancers are linked to Leeds’ rising obesity rate

A Leeds GP is warning the public that more awareness has to be raised about the different causes of cancer following the publication of new figures this week highlighting that three out of four people are unaware of the link between obesity and cancer.

Dr Hasantha Jayasinghe, of Chapeltown Family Surgery, said: “Fat isn’t just a lump of flesh or inactive tissue, it actually produces hormones and chemicals and they leak out. Those hormones increase your risk of cancers.

“The rate of obesity is rising. In West Yorkshire, there’s around 1.3 million people who are overweight and especially in Chapeltown, there’s a definite increase compared to the rest of Leeds.”

Almost three out of four - 73 per cent - of people in the North are unaware of the link between obesity and cancer, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK this month.

A survey of people in the region found that, as well as general ignorance about obesity and cancer, around three-quarters of those asked didn’t know obesity was linked specifically to ovarian cancer.

Two thirds didn’t know there was a link with breast cancer and more than half didn’t know pancreatic cancer was linked to obesity.

Dr Jayasinghe added: “Obesity is a big problem. People also don’t realise that 42 per cent of cancers are preventable so if people are worried about getting cancer the simplest advice is to try and stay slim and not to smoke.  Those are the main things. The point is to make radical changes to try and address the prevention strategy.  

“People need to exercise and eat a healthy, balanced diet. It takes a 60 minute jog to run off the calories from a sandwich. It really is true that a minute on the lips is a lifetime on the hips.”

Being overweight or obese is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking and is linked to an estimated 18,100 cancer cases each year in the UK.

It is also associated with at least 10 types of cancers, including breast, bowel, womb and oesophageal. 

Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the North, said: “Around a quarter of all adults in the region are estimated to be obese, and this has a real impact on their risk of developing cancer.

“Eating a healthy balanced diet and becoming more active can help people to keep a healthy weight. And encouraging children and teenagers to do the same can help them keep to a healthy weight later on in life.” 

Cancer Research UK is calling on people across the North West to email their MP to help tackle junk food marketing to children.

Grotty Practice: GP surgery stamped as inadequate by health bosses

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NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Droylsden Road Family Practice was failed by inspectors in five key areas and has to clean up its act

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Droylsden Road Family Practice was failed by inspectors in five key areas and has to clean up its act

A  GP surgery in Manchester has been thrown into special measures and ordered to clean up its act after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated it as ‘inadequate’.

Droylsden Road Family Practice was inspected by the health watchdog back in March.

The surgery, run by Dr A Haq and Dr S Khan, was failed by inspectors in five key areas. They said they didn’t feel the problems can be fixed without additional support.

A report by the CQC said the floor in the surgery was 'visibly dirty' and that inspectors had found an 'extremely' dirty treatment trolley in one room, which had a number of used drug items, such as injection equipment, anaesthetic cream and an implant package lying on it.

Dusty and out-of date notes were also discovered on windowsills and on top of filing cabinets, many of which were reportedly confidential.

Inspectors said it was not made clear to staff about reporting significant events and there was no evidence of staff communicating about these issues.

Patients were found to be at risk of harm and there was no clinical accountability or responsibility in the running of the practice.

Allegedly, a patient who had suffered a severe allergic reaction to a vaccination was given emergency treatment in the form of an injection, but there were no records detailing that this had ever took place.

Sue McMillan, deputy chief inspector of General Practice at the CQC, said: “Whilst some people spoke positively about the practice, we received comments that were a cause for concern particularly about access to appointments and patients having their concerns not being taken seriously during consultation.

“Action must be taken to address the wider concerns we identified so that patients receive safe, high-quality primary care.

“I do not believe that the practice is likely to resolve its challenges without external support. This is why we are placing the practice into special measures.”

The surgery will be re-inspected again in six months to check whether sufficient improvements have been made.

If the service remains inadequate, the CQC will consider taking steps to cancel its registration. The contract for the surgery is held by NHS England.

Dr Martin Whiting, chief clinical officer for the North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We would like to reassure patients that we took prompt action with our NHS England colleagues so that there are robust plans in place to ensure continuity of care and services for everyone who uses the practice.

“The situation is a temporary measure so that the practice can address system and organisational issues by the end of June 2016.

“In the meantime, we remain resolute about putting patients first and upholding quality standards that match our vision for health care in north Manchester.”

Asian Express contacted the manager of the surgery for comment and are awaiting a response.

Changing behaviours, changing lives

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BACKING: Dr Radha Modgil is supporting the Public Health England campaign

BACKING: Dr Radha Modgil is supporting the Public Health England campaign

Public Health England asks ‘How Are You?’ in latest campaign

A GP turned broadcaster is backing the latest Public Health England campaign to get people to take control of their health now, to enjoy the benefits later.

‘One You’ is the biggest campaign since Change4Life and is reaching out to members of the South Asian communities, who are at higher risk of suffering from preventable diseases compared to the general population.

Via an online test, ‘One You’ gives people the chance to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health before it’s too late.

It is well reported that South Asian people are more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Modern day life makes it hard for people to live healthily, with bigger portions for everything we eat, a desk-bound job or a long commute.

GP and Broadcaster, Dr Radha Modgil has joined other celebrities such as The Hairy Bikers, Actress Linda Robson and football pundit Chris Kamara to encourage people to take a moment in their busy lives to ask themselves an important question we rarely have time to consider seriously: ‘How Are You?’, and help people make healthy changes by taking the new ‘How Are You’ online health quiz.

Dr Modgil said: “I’m pleased to be supporting One You, it’s a fantastic campaign which empowers people to make simple changes that can benefit their health and wellbeing now and in the future.

“Many diseases that affect South Asian people and shorten their active lives can be prevented by making simple healthier choices like being more active, eating well, drinking less alcohol and being smoke free.”

The ‘How Are You’ quiz can help you to start to take control of your health now and can be completed at

Know the signs of Bowel Cancer: Tackling the second biggest cancer killer

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APPEAL: Dr Hasantha Jayasinghe is working in south Leeds to raise awareness of the importance of testing for bowel cancer at the earliest stages

APPEAL: Dr Hasantha Jayasinghe is working in south Leeds to raise awareness of the importance of testing for bowel cancer at the earliest stages

A Leeds GP is on a mission to raise awareness of the importance of testing for bowel cancer with statistics showing a 97 per cent survival rate for people diagnosed at the earliest stage.

Dr Hasantha Jayasinghe is currently helping run a campaign in south Leeds to ensure residents are taking advantage of the free test kits sent out to homes and are fully informed on the disease.

Every 30 minutes someone in the UK dies from bowel cancer despite it being one of the easiest cancers to treat if caught early.

Whether people are uncomfortable with discussing the subject or have the ‘it’ll never happen to me’ ideology, the results show a low take-up rate of testing in the UK, especially amongst BME communities.

Dr Jayasinghe said: “It is such a simple test and 98 per cent of the time, people will receive a normal result.

“If you catch the cancer early there is a very high chance of defeating it quickly, while statistics show that only 10 per cent of people who catch it at the latest stages will survive past five years.

“We are currently working with individuals in the local area to raise awareness of the importance of testing for bowel cancer and will be visiting local mosques to spread the message and offer guidance.”

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer and predominantly occurs in people aged over 60 years.

Symptoms to look out for include: blood in your poo or looser poo, a pain or lump in your stomach, feeling more tired than usual for some time, or losing weight for no obvious reason.

For people aged 60-74, a free test pack is sent out to their home every two years by the NHS which allows them to carry out a test without even having to visit their local GP.

The test contains everything you need – just three items - and is very simple and straightforward to use – simply sample, seal, send.

The three items you receive are a spatula for taking a small poo sample, a sealable card carrier to place the sample on and a freepost envelope to post it for screening. It is hygienically contained.

The test checks for the presence of blood in a stool sample, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer, and can even detect the cancer at an early stage, before symptoms appear.

After completing the test, you’ll receive the results within two weeks of sending in the kit with one of three possible results.

Most people will have a normal result, meaning no further tests are needed and you'll be invited to take part in screening again in two years (if you're still aged 60-74).

A few people will have an unclear result, and they will be asked to repeat the FOB test up to two more times.

If the result comes back abnormal, the individual will be offered an appointment to discuss colonoscopy at a local screening centre.

Dr Jayasinghe added: “If you have any of the symptoms that are common in bowel cancer, and your results come back ‘normal’ it is important that you still visit your GP.

“I want to see our community become healthier and that is something I am really passionate about.

“People naturally feel empowered when they are in good health so by carrying out these tests, of which the large majority will come back negative, it will give a lift to many people in the community.”

Asian Express Newspaper are proud to be backing the campaign this year, with features to run throughout December.

GPs MUST tell DVLA if you’re unfit to drive

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Your doctor must tell the DVLA if you continue to drive when you are not medically fit, the General Medical Council (GMC) has said.

In new draft guidance, the GMC said doctors have a public protection duty to inform authorities if a patient is driving against medical advice.

Doctors do not need a patient's consent to inform the DVLA (or DVA in Northern Ireland) when a patient has continued driving. The strengthened advice is part of a public consultation on the GMC's core guidance on confidentiality.

This aims to help doctors balance their legal and ethical duties of confidentiality with wider public protection responsibilities. The guidance says doctors must disclose information if there is a need to protect individuals or the wider public from the risks of death or serious harm.

This can include risks of violent crime, serious communicable diseases, or risks posed by patients who are not fit to drive. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said: 'Doctors often find themselves in challenging situations.

"This is difficult territory - most patients will do the sensible thing but the truth is that a few will not and may not have the insight to realise that they are a risk to others behind the wheel of a car.

"A confidential medical service is a public good and trust is an essential part of the doctor-patient relationship.

"But confidentiality is not absolute and doctors can play an important part in keeping the wider public safe if a patient is not safe to drive.

'We are clear that doctors carrying out their duty will not face any sanction - and this new guidance makes clear that we will support those who are faced with these difficult decisions."

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "Thirty-seven million drivers depend on the car for getting about and for those with serious medical conditions there is a real fear around losing their licence.

"But with the right treatment, many illnesses will not lead to people having to hang up the keys.

"The worst thing motorists can do is ignore medical advice. If they don't tell the DVLA about something that impacts on their ability to drive safely, then their GP will."