NHS

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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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...

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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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Challenging NHS’s back-slapping

https://youtu.be/ftyjMSMXxMA Where the NHS excels Anyone who has attended an NHS conference recently knows you just can't beat them when it comes to back-slapping and self-congratulation. But here is a video of a brave nurse who stood up to the big chiefs at an NHS...

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King’s College Hospital shows true NHS spirit

Treatment at an NHS hospital under 'special measures' King's College patients were horrified to read that 'their' hospital had been placed under "special measures, following serious concerns about the trust’s growing deficit". With an end-year deficit of over £90...

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Second lockdown – time for NHS to think about patients

NHS must re-think the way it works It's time the NHS realised Cancer Patients are not production-line units whose treatment can be halted at whim, but individuals, doing everything they can to remain healthy. Having canceled cancer care for many, to make matters...

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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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