Department of Health

The BMA Wasn't Clear How The Government Could Introduce Seven-Day Services. Now It Seems The Government Aren't Either.

Ellen McCourt | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Politics
Ellen McCourt

David Cameron promised a 'truly seven-day NHS' before and after the general election, even going as far as to use the word 'plan' 18 times in one speech. The fact that there is no plan, that the government is yet to set the objectives or assess the impact of expanding seven-day services, only goes to show that this was nothing more than a headline-grabbing soundbite set to win votes rather than improve care for patients.

Politics Is in Flux and the Future of the NHS Is at Stake

Ian Strachan | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

The NHS absolutely cannot handle the closure of up to 3000 pharmacies in addition to its already enormous problems. Officials should get around the table with pharmacists and patients to discuss, from first principles, a future in which the pharmacy sector is vibrant and efficient, and fulfilling its full potential on the health service front line.

Mental Health Support Must Be Part of the Response to Domestic Abuse

Diana Barran | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Diana Barran

Charities, campaigners and a small but growing number of MPs have done a brilliant job over the last fifteen years in raising awareness of mental health: tackling the myths, encouraging people to talk, and reducing the stigma. We know now that anyone can experience mental health problems, or have a friend or family who is struggling. That one in four stat has stuck...

A&E Strike: Has the BMA Gone Too Far?

Benjamin Chang | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Benjamin Chang

Junior Doctors are trusted all over the country, every hour of every week, to look after the health of their patients. My plea would be that none would be swayed by the spun conspiracy theories from the government that the BMA to trying to destroy Westminster. Rather, I would appeal for trust that this country's doctors will continue to do what they are the best in the world at doing- looking after their patients.

The Government Has Buried Bad News On Increasing NHS Charges

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt's Department of Health has announced a sharp hike in NHS charges on a day hundreds of MPs are away from Westminster. The Labour Party s...

Faith, Care and End of Life - Rubbing Along Together

Daniel Singleton | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

My Granddad's final words to me came after I had prayed with him, - I thought he wasn't really conscious but then my mum and I heard him say 'Thank you' - it was the same gruff thanks I remember whenever I gave him presents at Christmas time as a child. I have to confess it was a moment to shed and happy sad tear. He had been aware, had appreciated my small action, and was resting again.

Government Rejects Extending Meningitis Vaccine After 810,000 Sign E-Petition

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Politics

Warning: People may find the photos below extremely graphic. The Government has rejected calls for the meningitis B vaccine to be prescribed to al...

Why Imposition Is Damaging to the Longevity of the NHS - A Medical Student Perspective on Becoming a Junior Doctor

Sofiane Kouadria | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sofiane Kouadria

I am a medical student in my penultimate year of study at the University of Manchester and it's with a very heavy heart I concede that I may not see out my long-held ambition of becoming a doctor in anything more than title.

Just Another Junior Doctor

Toni Stone | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK
Toni Stone

As we dismantle the festive scenes around us, dust off the glitter and remove the last of the pine needles stubbornly embedded in our carpets; we are presented with surprisingly bare surroundings and an unshakable sense of unease, how different things looked only a week ago.

Government in the Dark Over the State of UK Eye Health

Mike Daw | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mike Daw

This autumn, a group of cross-party MPs posed questions to the Department of Health, in an attempt to gather information on the current state of the U...

Dear Patients of the NHS

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Your safety is being put at risk. My greatest fear is that nothing changes, the NHS slowly crumbles, stretching more and more, doctors too tired to concentrate, patient care suffering, safety put at risk. You as a patient know this from your experiences every day. If the NHS is going to survive for the future, all of us - patients, public, professionals and politicians, need to accept that it isn't working. We need an honest discussion about its future. We need to start talking.

Major Projects Authority Annual Report, 2015: The Departmental Picture

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

Having looked at what the Major Projects Authority's Annual Report 2015 tells us about major projects across government, our attention turns to what i...

What Has the Chancellor Got Against Sexual Health?

Yusef Azad | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Yusef Azad

On the election of the Conservative Government in 2015 the Chancellor announced plans for further cuts to public expenditure. Yes, there would be cuts of £200million to the Department of Health budget but he assured us these cuts were to 'non-NHS spending'.

Tory MP's Question Reveals There's 'No Research' Behind Gay Blood Donor Ban

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK

A Tory MP has attacked the government for its blanket ban on gay men donating blood after it was revealed "no research" had been done to support the c...

Parliament Open: How Will Male Suicide Be Tackled?

James Walker | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Walker

Given the scale of this issue throughout the course of the last parliament, you have to wonder how the coalition government failed to deal with the challenge.

Putting Mental Health on the Agenda

Kat Pugh | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Kat Pugh

It's mental health awareness week, and whilst the country is still reeling from the election shock, there has never been a better time to raise awareness of mental health.

Passport-For-NHS Care Proposals Leave Everyone Utterly Confused

Posted 13.04.2015 | UK

As the NHS tries to crack down on so-called health tourism, the public has been left utterly confused about about proposals which could see patients b...

Listening to London GPs

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

I believe wholeheartedly in consultation, engagement, empowerment, and ownership. But not as just buzz words to drop into meetings. Rather, I believe in what these words stand for at their best: genuine conversations between practitioners, partners, patients, policy makers and even politicians; shared insights into what works and what needs work; and a commitment to agreeing and delivering change, and all that that entails.

Moving Forward

Kat Pugh | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Recovery is not a straightforward process. There are plenty of treatment options available (unfortunately at a price, but hopefully this will change...but they do exist), and some treatments are more appropriate for different types of eating disorders, others suit a person better.

Experiencing Stigma and Eating Disorders

Kat Pugh | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

If I could have things any other way, I would not choose to spend so much time planning my meals, working out my feelings to avoid potential anxiety attacks later on in the day, and all the money I and my parents have spent on therapy over the years.

Rare Disease Day 2015: Why We Need to Care for the Rare

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK
Louisa Ackermann

It is clear that researching rare conditions often leads to greater insights about other conditions with similar characteristics - this helps develop more targeted treatments, and move away from a 'one size fits all' approach to medicine.

One Step Closer to Plain Cigarette Packaging

Ann McKechin | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

With the big tobacco companies so focussed on attracting young smokers through pack design, plain packaging is a key step for any country to introduce in the battle to lessen the consequences of smoking to the health service and society in general. Too many people are needlessly dying prematurely because of smoking and too many young people are still being hooked - let's use the next few weeks to save lives and reduce the burden on our NHS.

Britain's First Private-Run Hospital Is Going Bust

The Huffington Post/PA | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics

The debate over NHS privatisation has been reignited just months before the general election as the first private healthcare operator to run an NHS ho...

How to Solve 'the NHS Problem', Part Four

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

There is still time for all the parties to invest in original thinking and creative advice at a more upstream level. But not much.

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Two

Hugh Salmon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Last time, I discussed the need for the NHS to differentiate between 'treatment' and 'care'. In the last week, three stories have emerged to support this view..