Dr. Ayan Panja

Dr. Ayan Panja


Dr Ayan Panja followed his family tradition of becoming a doctor and is a GP partner in a NHS practice in St Albans. He is also a writer, a presenter and a health communicator. His passions in medicine are in men’s health, self-care and psychology in medicine.

Ayan began health broadcasting in 2006 when he was the expert presenter on BBC 1’s Street Doctors. More recently, Ayan has featured as a medical expert in Celebrity Quitters (FIVE), Squeamish (Discovery) and Bang Goes the Theory(BBC1).  He also appeared as a GP panellist on Channel 4’s Health Freaks, where traditional home remedies were scientifically analysed by the doctors. He is currently the resident doctor on Health Check on BBC World News, presenting a monthly overview of global health stories.

In 2005, Ayan’s first book was published, An Essential Medical Miscellany which is a collection of amusing medical titbitsAyan has written features for various publications including The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Men’s Health.

Dr Ayan Panja @Dr_Ayan

10 percent of new nurses and HVs leave the #NHS in their first year.
25 percent leave within three years.
And it looks like the numbers could get much worse.
Yet no-one is asking why. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/third-of-nhs-nurses-thinking-about-quitting-in-the-next-year-jpw97hh8f

Is it just me or is this a shameless “Sorry, not sorry.?” The jokes are a tasteless demonstration of ego and impunity. Shame... time to move on.

I wonder if the NHS Test and Trace Service has had its CQC inspection yet? I'm sure the CQC inspectors would have a lot to discuss with its senior management team.

*Performance vs Trust*

This is an oldie but a goodie, and I feel more important in my profession now than ever.


A strong piece that resonates with me. Despite best efforts it doesn’t always pan out like this, because of blind spots or not having the whole picture or story: https://medium.com/publishous/the-most-powerful-way-to-save-people-from-themselves-ffe5cdf49093

100% this👇🏾

Thank you Tim. This is what we all need to know 👇🏾

A day in the life of a GP during COVID-19.

This is an excellent blog by @IHcardiffmeds, providing a good snapshot of our typical days as GPs.

And after a day where I alone have done 59 consultations, it doesn't feel as if we're "closed".

https://www.bma.org.uk/news-and-opinion/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-gp-during-covid-19 via @TheBMA

The BMJ has published a memorial page to UK doctors who have died while working during the covid-19 pandemic. At 11am today @TheBMA will hold a virtual memorial ceremony and 1 min silence to remember all healthcare workers who have died during the pandemic http://ow.ly/LwcY50BqTWm

There are moments of respite as a surgeon

Waiting for the ward round to start

Waiting for the patient to be put to sleep or be woken up

Every single minute of a GP’s time is allocated, used & in demand

They deserve our support & always our respect
@NikkiKF @fhussain73

This is a sad read. Where to even start? ‘Fear of failure' giving UK children lowest happiness levels in Europe https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/aug/28/fear-of-failure-giving-uk-children-lowest-happiness-levels-in-europe

A powerful talk from @Dr_Ayan on the power of generalism in a multitude of industries: https://buff.ly/2EtUyQn

#generalist #generalism #progress #business #future

Interesting-ish: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54064347?fbclid=IwAR0Ze2mjKPHkn_Msl7yWrcgIOTtS0s8mvnQPWNgau-Jl1NhgvNDE1KGZ_AM

Today’s must-read. Beautiful piece full of humility, gratitude and vulnerability. At 31, I have just weeks to live. Here's what I want to pass on | Cancer | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/07/terminal-cancer-live-cancer-life-death

I do love @BBC_Reel

This is a goodie:

Primary care colleagues need help with a quick straw poll, in your experience who diagnoses asthma in your Practice? (This is specifically about diagnosis not chronic disease management). Thank you!

This is not what you need if you’re feeling poorly: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53990068

GP pet peeve: when the ED tells my patient to see a specialist and I 'have' to refer them

Many do not know what primary care is capable of: the resources we can use and the skills we have (or the hoops to go through).

A highly trained GP can do infinitely more than you realise.