The government keeps saying that any change to a seven-day NHS should be 'cost neutral'. But if Jeremy Hunt wants more services to run over seven days, with more staff working unsocial hours, the only way this can happen is to cut unsocial hours payments for existing staff. Junior doctors clearly don't feel terribly 'neutral' about this, nor I suspect will other NHS staff.
Working in care, you see things every day that would stop someone else's working week in its tracks. Watching someone die. Having someone verbally, or even physically, assault you. Listening to tearful co-workers saying this is it, they've had enough.
This morning I joined Junior Doctors on their picket line outside of St Thomas' Hospital - just across the river from the Houses of Parliament. Like thousands of their colleagues across the country these men and women had taken the difficult decision to go on strike for the first time because the Government has continued to treat them with contempt... The Government must rethink the way they're treating our NHS. As a start they should negotiate with the doctors in good faith, and put forward the offer of a contract that is fair and works for staff and patients alike. Until then then I'll continue to stand in solidarity with the junior doctors as they fight for what's right.
The Government says that the Trade Union Bill will protect essential public services. But all the evidence shows that happy, fairly treated employees produce the best work - and not just in our vital public services. This Bill will sadly make this harder and harder to achieve.
Let's be clear: no-one is saying that the NHS is not flawed... But I saw a cartoon once that perfectly illustrated where we might be heading: there's a huge, glistening private American-style hospital where you pay and pay and pay. And in its parking lot is a little shelter-type thing offering various services. Its heading: "NHS".
Junior doctors. We're everywhere these days, bleating and moaning about Jeremy Hunt and unfair this and unsafe that. I've made it my business to bleat and moan recently; but believe me I'd prefer not to have to. So what's riled us up so much? Could it be that the new contract the government is proposing is an absolute joke?
Student nurses are not asking for special treatment. We are asking for fair treatment, something that has not been granted to our registered counterparts... Thank you, Mr Osborne, for mobilising this demoralised workforce, and reminding us to care about ourselves as much as we do our patients.
I am a doctor, trained for 10 years, highly qualified. But I wouldn't be half the doctor I am today without nurses. From my first days on the wards as a medical student, with no idea about the human body, nurses have helped me. To a few days ago when I didn't know which dressing was best to put on a leg wound, nurses have helped me. This is a small, unworthy tribute to all the hard working nurses in the NHS. It involves a lot of cups of tea...
The news last month that a single NHS Trust failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people since 2011 (as revealed in a report ...
A+E is the link bridge from primary to secondary care and it is fair to accuse it of being a reflection of the overall functioning of a vast healthcare system. Sadly, crowding currently plagues A+E; patients queue in corridors, ambulance staff wait to handover and professionals get burnt due to unsustainable intensity.
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.