When George Osborne took to the TV studios today to sell his latest "promise" on the NHS, many people will have felt a touch of scepticism about whether it really does what it says on the tin. And they would have been right to feel that way.
The English care home sector currently looks after about 450,000 vulnerable people a year, mostly frail elderly people, many with dementia. Shortage of funding means it is now on the verge of collapse with serious consequences for those in the homes, the businesses and their staff and not least the NHS.
In an increasingly capitalist world it is easy to give in to temptation, however, that is neither the ethos nor the mandate of a socialist NHS. Before forcing through change let us talk yet perhaps more importantly; let us listen. Only then we can devise a strategy on how to deliver the future, together.
As a junior doctor I have spent the past two months feeling frequently frustrated about the sheer scale of misinformation presented to the public abou...
Practicing clinically while working in NHS England's Chief Executive Office has been a privilege; but this should be the rule not the exception. Current events make it clear that greater alignment is needed from ward to board.
I value every junior doctor who has played a part in my journey. Complex conditions are difficult to live with. Patients can develop trust issues with doctors and we can easily lose our voice. Hospitals become our second home and our life can change in an instant. Junior doctors teach us skills we cannot learn ourselves. They laugh with us and cry with us. They become our closest ally when we are facing our hardest battles. To every junior doctor fighting for recognition, I value you.
Mr Hunt dilutes this goodwill at his peril. He has transgressed the first rule of being a Health Secretary and its high time he remembered it. First, do no harm.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen remarkable events play out as a new generation of young doctors have been politicised and radicalised. This culm...
I am desperate for progress, I am desperate for talks and I am desperate for the Department of Health to realise that extra money is not my motivation for working extra hours now, nor will it persuade me into accepting these proposals for the future. As a junior doctor I am saying, keep your thirty pieces of silver Hunt; but please, lets talk about patients.
As we give serious consideration to the concerns of our junior doctors, driven to the edge of industrial action, let's also think about the nurses, cleaners, paramedics, healthcare assistants, porters, consultants, and everyone who makes up the NHS. They deserve decent working conditions, and that includes good mental health.
On 17th October 2015, I marched alongside over 15,000 fellow junior doctors to protest against the government's imposition of a new working contract. With the reverberating plea of "Save our NHS" we finally gathered around the humbling statue of Gandhi at Parliament Square.
In June the government announced a £200million pound cut to the health budget. The cuts were apparently based on projected local authority underspends, so they were not supposed to affect frontline services...
This bill will do nothing for genuine innovation or to improve access to treatments but it will confuse the legislation, remove important protections for patients from reckless practitioners and undermine research. This bill is a reheated version of the half-baked Medical Innovation Bill which was thrown out in the last Parliament. If it was a turkey pie, you wouldn't touch it.
The truth is that there is outrageous discrimination at the heart of the NHS. If you have suspected cancer you have a right to see a specialist within two weeks - and rightly so. But if you are a teenager with an eating disorder - a condition which can kill - you have no such right. It's impossible to justify that.
Hunt is setting himself against the most essential element of our health organisation: its people. They are on the edge, and they deserve nothing but respect.
Junior doctors work long hours and these proposals will remove the safety limits that ensure doctors are not over tired. Being fatigued and stressed impairs judgement and increases the chances of mistakes. Would you want a tired and over worked doctor making life and death decisions about you or your family? Neither would we!