Saleyha Ahsan

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At the call of ‘cardiac arrest’, you swing into action – and try until all hope is gone

Imagine trying to save someone whose heart has stopped. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with rescue breaths is being delivered to maintain essential oxygen flow to the brain. But the heart has not started beating on its own again. How long should the doctor carry on before “making the call”? When should they stop...

Posted by Dr Saleyha Ahsan on 1 February 2018 | 0 Comments

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Do branded painkillers work better than cheaper generic ones?

Like most people, I am not good with pain. So when period pains are setting in, I reach for the painkillers. I bypass the branded ones stacked at eye level on supermarket shelves, in fancy packaging with multicoloured, eye-catching logos. Instead, I buy plain-looking packs of generic painkillers.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 3 October 2016 | 9109 Comments

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Why are junior doctors striking?

Junior doctors have gone on strike for 24 hours for the second time this year. It comes after last-ditch talks broke down with the government over a new contract which doctors say will have an impact on patient safety and would see junior doctors paid less for out-of-hours wor

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan and Phil Maynard on 10 February 2016 | 2660 Comments

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Healthcare workers in Syria need international protection.

As an emergency doctor I was integrated into one of the most challenging medical environments I have ever worked in. Would there be reprisals? Would Assad unleash chemical warfare? It was a significant fear among the majority of us, as we checked our dwindling atropinesupplies and thought through mass casualty decontamination plans.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 21 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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Healthcare workers in Syria need international protection

Two weeks ago we braced ourselves for military strikes in Syria. Based in a northern Syrian hospital, working under the umbrella of the NGO Hand in Hand for Syria and being filmed for a BBC Panorama, I contemplated the thought of being locked in the country – undoubtedly the borders...

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 21 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Secret evidence is the state's secret weapon

The use of secret evidence in the special immigration appeals commission (Siac) has long been controversial. Simply put, the legal teams defending Siac appellants – who are appealing a decision to deport them on the grounds of national security – have had to give countless submissions while only knowing part of the...

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 11 February 2012 | 0 Comments

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Web of secrets still clouds control orders

Control orders, in their revised form, still deny the right of an accused individual to have a fair trial, to hear the evidence against them in an open court and to be punished appropriately for any crime they have committed.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 28 January 2011 | 0 Comments

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