After Cancers Blog

Things Are Not Good

Things are not good – have already broken my first New Year Resolution: to be more efficient. Some time ago I received a lovely package from my favourite PR – had fun trying it out, then totally forgot to press PUBLISH when I put my thoughts into this...

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NHS Admin Is Overworked

Anyone who says NHS Admin is overworked, obviously hasn’t tried to contact our local Healthwatch, nor the Cyncal Commissioning Group. Started at 10 this morning, only to find EVERYONE’s telephone had the Answerphone on. Assume they are all out doing...

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Understanding NHS Jargon

The NHS speaks a language of its own    Whenever I phone to make an appointment at London hospitals, I am asked "do you want an Interpreter?"  I am ofen tempted to say yes, as the NHS seems to speak a language of its own.  Doctors and Nurses have their own...

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LYLAC

Stands for Living your Life after Cancer – Isabel emails to say now run regular Workshops in South of England. and could be coming to London in 2016. Hurrah! Watch this space!

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PATIENT POWER SEES OFF AMERICAN INVASION

Group of Londoners triumph   Whole Systems planning - and how Londoners resisted American invasion Patients who live in London were asked to help set up a 'new way' of working with and for the elderly: Whole Systems. This was to join up Health and Social Care for the...

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NHS On The Defensive

The NHS is so much on the defensive that you phone to ask to speak to someone, they automatically ask “is it to make a complaint?” Today, phoned the local Cynical Commissioning Group (CCG) as had heard they have appointed someone to oversee cancer...

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Patients can be Whistleblowers too

When drugs cause skin problems - what it's like being a Whistleblower 30 pairs of eyes stared at me At a meeting of PCAG (Patient Committee Advisory Group) volunteers at my cancer hospital, everyone was staring accusingly at me, Things hadn't gone well with my...

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Your D.O.B. is worth money!

Your Date of Birth is useful to companies, particularly those that cold call you on the telephone.  They need it to target what to sell you If you are getting 'nuisance phone calls, or 'selling' letters it could be because a company or service has sold on your private...

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Are GPs Grown Up Or Not?

Are GPs grown-up or not? NHS England thinks not. First they tell them they have to open 24/7 – perhaps they think they don’t have families? Latest wheeze was to say they had to stay open ‘normal’ hours on Christmas Eve, New Year, etc. Don’t know about you...

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Doing a bad job gets you a lucrative post

Lansley walks away from the mess he created in NHS Lands lucrative 'Consultancy' Lord Lansley it was who masterminded the 2012 Health and Social Care Act that introduced CCGs, sent NHS waiting lists soaring to new heights, etc.ec., He has just landed a job with the...

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