NHS

Let’s get back to basics and improve the NHS

No-one thought of outsourcing when the NHS was founded 70 years ago  Matrons like the wonderful example above ruled hospitals with a benevolent rod of iron;  the care provided received a well-deserved reputation around the world and no-one had ever heard of...

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After Breast Cancer mammogram scandal – what next?

450,000 missed mammograms   Jeremy Hunt stands up in Parliament to explain - gives an abject apology for once I almost feel sorry for him  Why?  Because he is supposedly in charge of a Ministry that keeps on making mistakes that could cost lives. Breast cancer...

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Help shape the NHS’s Genomic testing

Genomes Project launches in October But judging by a recent conference held in London, this could be a very dis-organised programme.. The 100,000 Genomes Project at the NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC) has recruited its first patient to the programme. The 100,000...

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New Year Resolution for the NHS

Bring back curiosity  Today, ask any NHS staff member a question and often up pop the shutters, or some other delaying tactic.  As I was told at The Marsden, "you are ONLY a patient".  Doctors reach for prescription pads, as there is no time allocated for...

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Isn’t it time the NHS stopped pretending?

NHS England have just spent £100,000 on re-designing the NHS logo - can I suggest a more suitable one? NHS England Bigs wigs sitting on the platform at Britain Against Cancer conference, rather missed this point. The 400 Delegates at the All-Party Parliamentary Group...

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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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