Diary Of A Survivor

Awarded Social Care ‘Cancer Blog of the Year! by Global Health and Pharma

A friend calls his diary ‘my dreary’; since he had cancer it now lists hospital appointments instead of parties. Know exactly what he means – so here is my Dreary.


17.1.18 The Carillion fiasco should be a wake-up call to those ostriches in Whitehall rushing to award contracts to health service providers in the private sector.  Since July, when Carillion issued its first profit warning, it has been awarded £1.3 billion worth of...

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World gone mad

11.1.18 First, one of the Queen's bridesmaids was apparently left on a hospital trolley for 20 hours, before being found a bed in an NHS hospital ward.  What on earth were the family doing?  Her mother was one of richest women in Britain, so why on earth didn't they...

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18.12.17 Cancer Charities present at Britain Against Cancer conference are posting reports on the Internet. Reading between their lines it wasn't the best cancer conference ever. http://www.chris-cancercommunity.com/chris-lewis-against-cancer/  mentions the filter...

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Diary archives

28.11.17 Am I alone, or are others fed up with TV ads and speakers harping on about how cancer makes them feel, and how they bravely got through it.  We all know what it's like - what we need is a strong charity behind us who will act as advocates, going forward to...

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NHS say lessons have been learnt – really?

Here we go again - yet another NHS hospital trust is facing claims of clinical malpractice and a flood of lawsuits. I wish they would bring back Matron, instead of lumbering hospitals with overpaid and seemingly useless Chief Executives.  There are some who really...

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Am I being selfish?

Patients have the drive and motivitation to search for the best care, so when we take time to do our research and work out what is causing frightening side effects, why don't doctors listen to us? Admit that we know and understand what is causing problems. Cancer...

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Cancer care shame

It's official: Britain has possibly the worst cancer care in Europe The NHS tries to claim it's the "envy of the world", but recent headlines in the media highlighting official cancer survival rates told the real facts. With the problems we face daily, it can't have...

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Cannabis, NICE and Arrogance

Recently the media was full of stories saying that medical cannabis was to be available on the NHS to help control pain.  Yet so far it seems only two patients had managed to get a prescription.  Friends have to pay to get this, but why? Interviewing Andrew Lansley...

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