Dear Patients of the NHS

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 27.08.2015 | 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.

Is a Seven-Day NHS Sustainable?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Ed Fletcher

What the health secretary's plans fail to realise is that there are bigger issues that need to be addressed, other than the contracts of consultants, to achieve an effective seven-day NHS.

Get Ready For A Minute That Lasts 61 Seconds

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Tech

For those of us who complain about not having enough hours in the day you'll be pleased to know that science is adding an entire second, a leap second...

Ridiculous' Nursing Union Is Already On The Wrong Side Of Jeremy Hunt

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics

The Health Secretary has attacked a nursing union for its “ridiculous” threats to strike over plans for a seven-day NHS. Jeremy Hunt accused th...

The Three Problems at the Heart of the NHS

Adam Staten | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Adam Staten

I have heard both Miliband and Cameron talk of stopping the day to day political meddling in the affairs of the health service, in Miliband's case this was shortly before he decided instead to 'weaponise' it, but neither of the main parties has ever taken a serious step towards this end.

Tackling the Shortfall in GPs - Flexible Hours is an Answer, Not the Problem

Geraldine Gallacher | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Geraldine Gallacher

Much as City firms have benefited significantly from developing innovative flexible working schemes to attract and retain talented staff, it strikes me that a solution that could go a long way in addressing GP recruitment issues is actually to encourage more flexible working, for both sexes, not to try and restrict it.

Why the NHS and Its Doctors Need to Say No

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

I was asked this week why the NHS doesn't fund all the new technologies available for patients, particularly those with cancer. And when I instantly replied "Because we can't afford to", I surprised myself. Because no-one seems to say that when they talk about the NHS. And the NHS doesn't like to say no.

Why GPs Should Stop Complaining

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Had I known that GPs were, of course, the root of all the problems in the NHS, with their daily failures to diagnose cancer, whilst simultaneously over-referring for all cancers, and ridiculous ideas that patients may share some responsibility for their own health, I would have instantly dismissed this career option. Instead I found myself working for the hundred, probably thousands of surgeries which are failing their patients. I was out on the streets, inviting half a million illegal immigrants to register and use the entire NHS free of charge.

Patients Worried By Foreign GPs Who 'Don't Speak Good English' Says Farage

Press Association | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage has claimed there is a problem with foreign GPs not speaking good English despite all NHS doctors having to pass a language test. The ...

Set My Doctors Free

Jim Sherifi | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK
Jim Sherifi

Scrap the regulations, unshackle the profession and watch those queues vanish in a brave new year.

The NHS Frontline - The Reality of Being a Doctor in Today's NHS

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

There are 10 appointments left for today. There are 10,000 patients. My three colleagues are here all day, but one can't help with the home visits. They have a meeting about commissioning services in the local area. A brilliant idea from the government. But there is no time or money allocated for them to attend this meeting. So that means there are just three of us. At 8.10 there are 20 patients waiting for me to ring them back. At 8.30 there are 53.

This Is Not Your Average Bike Ride

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech

A cyclist has created one of the most audacious acts of GPS art ever, after cycling 300km in a single day to draw a giant bicycle across the New Fores...

Cancer Delay Figures Do Not Tell the Whole Picture

Suzanne Trask | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Suzanne Trask

A greater public awareness of the symptoms to look out for is needed to help improve cancer survival rates in England. According to the recently pu...

This Woman Draws Penises With GPS As She Runs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Tech

Claire Wyckoff is a runner. A runner with a project. She draws penises with GPS. True, her website Running Drawing isn't entirely about genitali...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Will Obama Intervene?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 18 June... 1) WILL OBAMA INTERVENE? From the Guardian: "Iraqi government forces fought off jiha...

This One Avoidable Flaw With Social Media Is Killing Rhinos

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Tech

Rhinos are ridiculously endangered. There are less than 30,000 in the wild, down form 500,000 in 1900. And there's little good news on the horizon: de...

Facebook's New 'Feature' Tracks You Via GPS (And Tells Your Friends)

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Tech

Facebook has unveiled a new 'feature' which lets you constantly track your friends' locations via GPS. Oh, but don't worry - it's "optional". Th...

Students With Eating Disorders Are Being Failed By The NHS, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students with eating disorders are missing up to five years of university, while many see their condition deteriorate as they are being failed by the ...

There, There I Know How You Feel

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Kallenbach

Experts who carried out the study found overall, some of these phrases have a much greater impact on women than they do on men, with around 18 per cent more affected than men by what others say to them in times of need.

'GPS Coat' Lights Up When You Need To Turn Left Or Right

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

Of all the things you can say about the modern world, the idea that it lacks ways to find where you're going is not one of them. Sure, we already h...

A Broken Bone Could Be a Warning Sign

Julia Thompson | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Thompson

I'm always keen to remind people that osteoporosis can be treated and there are simple things you can do to help keep your bones healthy, whatever your age. I regularly speak to people who, despite a diagnosis of osteoporosis, are leading happy pain free lives.

Patient Complaints About Doctors On The Rise

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The number of complaints about doctors made by their colleagues or patients is on the rise, according to new figures. Data from the General Medical...

Prescribing Exercise Key to Defusing 'Ticking Mental Health Time Bomb'

Dr Davina Deniszczyc | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Davina Deniszczyc

To really address our nation's mental health, change is crucial; that means it must be considered on par with physical health by all of us, and we should approach our own wellbeing and address treatment in the same way too.

Break It to Me Gently, Doctor, How Long Have I Got?

David Bradford | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bradford

"This is a 10-minute appointment," the GP said firmly. The implication was clear: he didn't have time to look at the growth on my dad's head. Three months later, Dad was dead. The lumps were cancer that had spread from his lungs...

Charging Migrants Could Damage NHS, Says Doctors' Union

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

Charging migrants and tourists for healthcare in the UK could damage the NHS and may not cover costs, the trade union for doctors and medical students...