I was frank with Mr Cameron stating that my co-workers and I are provide excellent patient care so as Prime Minister, he needs to provide us with the resources we need so that we can continue to do our jobs effectively. He thanked me for the service I provided and then remained silent. I never thought when arriving at the venue that I would silence the PM!
Remember the 2010 election? Remember David Cameron's pledge not to have another top down reorganisation in the NHS which was soon rendered meaningless by the Health & Social Care Act? Well the Tories have learned from all the negative publicity that harmed them last time by seeking to undertake their latest reorganisation away from public scrutiny.
A big problem with this is that, in the future, our surgeons will not be given the opportunity to practice and develop the skills required for normal vaginal delivery, with a thorough understanding of how to maneuver the baby in the best way possible.
The tragedy of Southern Health NHS Trust continues to unfold. There has been a litany of failure and obfuscation by the Trust over the past four years, including over a thousand unexpected deaths which have not been properly investigated...
To try to address some of these challenges, we designed the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) last year. Like many ideas it was taken from another sector. Accelerators aim to support the growth and spread of technologies, in the past developing solutions such as AirBnB and Dropbox. Microsoft, IBM and MIT all have accelerators, and now we do too.
I wrote in my article earlier this week that pharmacists save lives, and was asked on this very page to back up my claim. This article is for the GP w...
I know there is a lot of anger among many junior doctors. I understand why: juniors have many legitimate concerns about their current work and training routines and to be told - falsely- that they would suffer a 30% pay cut would anger any sensible person. But they have been misled and in any event this week's strike action is totally disproportionate... As many junior doctors consider joining the picket line again today, my message to them is simple: please be responsible and consider the impact your strike action will have on patients. They remain the most important consideration for us all.
This government seems to have ignored the real victims to their proposals: the elderly, the vulnerable, the immobile and those without access to transport. The housebound; those who pharmacy has helped to remain living independently in their own homes for longer. The frail, and those who have little resource or influence to fight back.
The therapists working with our children and young adults do a fantastic job, often in difficult conditions. They are known as the Cinderella Service in the UK NHS because of the low budget they receive. Sharing the therapist expertise and giving them the tools to reach more of those in need will undoubtedly help to intervene earlier.
As a dietitian, the challenge is to educate people on healthier food choices, activity and lifestyle changes. Doing this in clinic on a one to one basis is excellent and, provided you have enough time, you can really drill down and identify the changes that need to be made.
We aren't carrying out tough love anymore. Now, we are carrying out acts that are arrogant, short-minded and unnecessarily painful to people in the UK, who are starting to see our party for what it is. Nasty.
Doctors' contracts are not the problem, but this contract is: it puts the long-term delivery of patient care at risk and the future for our patients, our profession and the NHS as a whole shouldn't be up for negotiation.
Some of you in the HIV field may have read this. And if you haven't, read and sign. It's a letter to the Chief Executive of NHS England demanding to...
No health secretary in the history of the NHS has so effectively empowered a generation of doctors. That's a formidable legacy whose repercussions will reverberate through the NHS for decades. Health Secretaries come and go but we - the generation who went on strike for our convictions - are the Bruce Keoghs of tomorrow.
On Friday, the cross party NHS Bill returned to the Commons for its second reading (watch the video). The Bill was filibustered...
Whether it's an apology for his repeated misuse of statistics, or for implying that junior doctors don't work weekends, or even just for the unnecessary stress he has caused. That one word would go a long way towards repairing some of the damage that has been done over the last few months. And yet, for Jeremy Hunt, sorry seems to be the hardest word. Jeremy Hunt has two weeks before the next planned period of industrial action. That's two weeks for him to find a solution to this dispute that doesn't involve imposing a contract that the vast majority of junior doctors are opposed to. And while he is at it - an apology wouldn't go amiss too.