The State of Medicine

Latest book on the NHS Reading Margaret McCartney’s thoughtful book, The State of Medicine, had my eyes out on sticks.  Written by an NHS Doctor, it is an honest appraisal of a health service ‘ unraveling, under-funded and under pressure’.  A...

Persevere with the NHS

The NHS is funded by us – that’s every UK taxpayer It is NOT free – my calculations on the back of an envelope work out that the average tax payer contributes between £3,000 –  £4,500 per person per year to fund this;  this also helps to pay...

How the NHS spreads confusion, so nothing gets resolved

Yes Minister is alive and well Whitehall loves confusing the voters. Those who remember ‘Yes, Minister’ TV programmes will recall Sir Humphrey dancing around poor Jim Hacker, the Minister,  spreading confusion all around.  Having worked for Whitehall, I...

Pomposity in Whitehall

Who cares where the money goes?  Or/  Don’t live in a wealthy area Lord Prior of Brampton (above) is current Chair of NHS England. I wrote to him, commenting on a brave Nurse’s challenge over staffing levels – at a back-slapping NHS Executive...

Patients need to take control

With waiting lists getting longer What are we doing about it? YOU can do your bit, help shorten waiting times, and even improve healthcare. As a start, how many genuine patients sit on their local hospital Board? Having sat on several, by-and-large the Patient...

Privatisation rot continues

The privatisation con trick rolls on  NHS chiefs are pushing through plans to let private companies take over scanning services that are vital in treating cancer patients, having told ministers last week that privatisation was harming patient care. Ten years ago I was...
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