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NHS Hot Topics Questions

Below is a selection of Medical School interview questions on the theme of ‘NHS Hot Topics’.

NEW! For more information on NHS Hot Topics, visit our page on NHS Hot Topics 2017 – this recaps a couple of key medical hot topics for 2017, from the impact of Brexit on healthcare to the Charlie Gard case.

The answer guides have been put together by medics who have successfully navigated interviews at top Medical Schools.

Remember, though, that an interview is about an individual, so there are no hard and fast rules. The answer guides are only examples and are not exhaustive. They should be used to stimulate your thinking — not repeated verbatim at your interview.

In the case of hot topics, it is also important to note that these change all the time. The ones below give a sense of approach, more than what it currently in the news.


Why is uncontrolled use of antibiotics a dangerous thing? What can we do about it?

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What role do public health campaigns like anti-smoking TV adverts have in the NHS, and why is this a good way to spend NHS resources?

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Is mental health an area of concern for the NHS, and if so why?

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Should vaccinations of children against common infectious diseases be compulsory?

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A recent study estimated that by 2050 more than half of the UK population could be obese. Is this a cause for concern and if so, why?

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Do you agree that people should be charged for attending A&E with non-life-threatening ailments?

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What is your opinion on the junior doctors’ contract situation?

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