Cancer “language” needs updating

Words can mean a lot.  But the language professionals use when talking to us needs an overhaul I am fed up with "just a scratch". No - I want to scream.  Uttering that platitude usually means a painful dig as a nurse remembers to say this, but hasn't been taught how...

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Non-PC thoughts on NHS forms

By the time I stood outside the door, trying to work out if this was correct place for me, it was almost too late.  In these days of PC correctness, the simplest action can be fraught with danger.  I daren't even say "God Bless" to someone, in case I offend.  Today,...

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Who would YOU like to throw an Axe at?

Who could be first to get this? Have just come off the phone from Dept. Health's Press Office.  It's a dinosaur, just like the rest of the outfit. Thought I had better find out what pearls of wisdom Jeremy Hunt had spouted at the Britain Against Conference last week...

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How to deal with Drunks in A & E

Winter is party time - which brings problems for A & E As if A & E departments didn't have enough problems, they often have to mop up and treat drunks, who cause disruption all around. Now comes news that the NHS has earmarked £300,000 to fund so-called “drunk...

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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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