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.
Almost 70 years on, the NHS being underfunded, over-stretched and struggling to cope keeps making headlines...
It is hard to see how trust between the medical profession in England and Jeremy Hunt can be regained but it is imperative that he steps back from the imposition of this contract and both sides come back to the negotiating table to achieve a fair deal that is safe for patients and staff.
The system is clearly broken. The current stalemate made me think of the 2007 banking crises, with the current government now propping up an NHS with dwindling resources but peddling the notion that all is well and still trying to expand it. So what's behind the government's intransigence? Well, not surprisingly, it is cut-throat politics at its worst.
Before moving to London in August, I couldn't conceive of anything close to the NHS. A structured, uniform service that trains highly competent doctors while providing healthcare for free. For everyone. Inconceivable. And yet, here I am as a first-year medical student, learning, observing, and participating firsthand in this incredible institution that indiscriminately treats anyone that walks through its doors. Here, when you are ill you are a person who needs healthcare, not a walking insurance card with a set deductible.
The government has announced there will be sweeping changes made to mental health services in the NHS from 2020 onwards, including the establishment of 24 hour community care for those in crisis, and over £1bn invested annually.
So, what's next? We could get all angry; but we have a responsibility as doctors. We have a duty to remain professional, to protect patients, and to save the NHS. We want to prevent damaging, poorly thought out reforms, whilst holding strong to the cornerstone of modern medicine: evidence based practice with patient care as a priority.
Tired doctors make mistakes. It's as simple as that. I ask Hunt, would he truly want an understandably tired doctor operating on a relative of his? If a junior doctor can't look after their own health, how can they look after that of their patients?
It matters to all of us. The cuts to bursaries will significantly impact the future workforce of the NHS, affecting anyone accessing services. That is why I am walking out with the NHS students in Manchester today. Alongside junior doctors, local community activists and students' union reps, I'll be demanding an NHS that values patients as well as the students and staff who keep it running every day.
This week, the junior doctors are going on strike. Again. Most of the people reading this won't know why. All these professionals, who claim to be committed to caring for some of the most vulnerable in our society, why would they refuse to turn up to work? The government has done its best to confuse the issue.