NHS

Why American healthcare costs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV_BE9hvg68 Watch out!  Once Brexit is out of the way, the NHS will be looking to privatise more of its services, in an attempt to save money.  Warning bells chime when, in the middle of Brexit, Boris takes time off to fly the Atlantic...

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NHS the envy of the world

Laugh - otherwise you'll cry  The saying "NHS is the envy of the world" must come in the same category as Saatchi and Saatchi's "world's favourite airline" slogan for BA .  It was dreamt up as a copy-writer's slogan, but  taken as truth by a gullible public. And...

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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 glaringly honest...

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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 for those who aren't...

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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 can assure you...

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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 meeting. Previously I had...

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Money for A & E

Matt Hancock announces more funds for A & E   Considering how many cancers are picked up in A & E, it was good news when Hapless Hancock announced to the House of Commons that money is going to be made available to upgrade A & E departments.  Only a few -...

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No excuse for appalling treatment of cancer patients

We stood back to help the NHS Now it's time to restore cancer services After months of going without, cancer patients are losing patience.  Doctors say they are worried that many of us are losing out.  Currently, over 300,000 have signed a petition set up by Craig...

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BMJ

Am I the only patient who has to 'explain' clinic letters to my GP? Apparently not.  Dr. Morgan, writing in the august BMJ (British Medical Journal) says  A BMJ Opinion piece published in 2018 argued that clinic letters should be written “to” patients, not “about”...

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Waiting lists

Lockdown swiped away waiting lists Now hospitals cautiously offer appointments again I am now starting to get phone calls from physios and consultants saying they can restore a cancelled appointment - with caution.  So, if you are desperately wanting an appointment,...

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