Health Care Reform

Jeremy Hunt's Seven-Day Homeopathic NHS: Just The Tincture?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

When the practical and economic feasibility of a routine 7-day NHS has been roundly debunked by senior doctors, service providers and analyists, it is only natural to ask how this is going to happen. Maybe, we ought to be thinking a little more naturally ourselves, and prepare for our complementary secretary of state for health to give us a very complementary 7-day routine NHS.

While Patients Are Suffering, Warm Words And Good Intentions Aren't Enough

Rob Flello | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Flello

The last few years have certainly been challenging for the NHS in North Staffordshire. The dreadful scandal at Stafford Hospital has hogged the headlines, but elsewhere the fallout of that issue, and quite frankly a catalogue of incompetence, has left the local health service in tatters.

Can Brexit Make Social Care Great Again?

Marek Sacha | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Marek Sacha

It's a fact that the EU referendum result has divided Britain and caused political chaos and economic turmoil. As a result, the impact of the UK's vote to leave is most likely to have a major impact for the health and social care, especially as the sector is already facing huge operational and financial pressures.

Too Fat For The NHS? The Obesity Crisis Facing Our National Health Service

Shaun Bailey | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Shaun Bailey

The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recently took the decision to refuse surgery to people with non-life threatening conditions if the...

The NHS For The Amazon Age

James Hargrave | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Tech
James Hargrave

When talking about the health service, it is often more prudent to use the language of theology rather than policy. Phrases such as "hands off our NHS" and "the NHS saved my life" are common place and demonstrate the reverence the British people have for it, and the personal ownership many of us feel we have over it. Nigel Lawson's adage that it is the closest thing we have to a national religion still rings true.

Andy Burnham Should Put Health at the Heart of His Mayoral Campaign

Harry Quilter-Pinner | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Harry Quilter-Pinner

Taking control of Manchester's health budget will not be easy. Funding will be a big headache - as the region faces a £2billion black hole in the finances over the next five years. Finding the necessary efficiency savings will be no mean feat given that many of the easy savings have already been made over recent years.

Can Technology Cure the Care Sector?

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Often, at times of crisis, a decision is made to put an old person into a care home. But at a time when the NHS faces mismatch between resources and demand, we must look further afield for a solution to cure Britain's current care crisis - perhaps technology is what will allow us to do more with less.

The Time Is Out of Joint

John Watson | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

Remain or Leave, next Thursday will be a day of decision and whichever way the vote goes the watchword of the winners will be "Reform". What that mean...

Collaboration Is Key: There's No Limit to the Good That Tech Can Do

James Chen | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Tech
James Chen

Current rates of poor vision are having a seismic impact on the economic and social development of countries around the world. One recent report found that rates of poor vision cost the global economy $3 trillion a year.

The Religion of Same - Why Britain Must Fall

David Taylor | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
David Taylor

If we want things to improve then we shouldn't be demanding less of the world and blaming contributing foreign ex-pats. I'd rather give free healthcare and school places to those who pay in than to those who refuse.

The Obesity Crisis: A Complex Issue But We Need to Take Responsibility

Emer Delaney | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

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.

Prevention in Action - Saving the NHS Through Prevention

Olivia Maya Field | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK
Olivia Maya Field

Almost 70 years on, the NHS being underfunded, over-stretched and struggling to cope keeps making headlines...

Why Imposition Is Damaging to the Longevity of the NHS - A Medical Student Perspective on Becoming a Junior Doctor

Sofiane Kouadria | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sofiane Kouadria

I am a medical student in my penultimate year of study at the University of Manchester and it's with a very heavy heart I concede that I may not see out my long-held ambition of becoming a doctor in anything more than title.

Thank God Junior Doctors Decided to Strike

Steve Doran | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

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.

A Night Working in A&E Showed Me How Amazing Our NHS Staff Are - We Must Fund Them Properly

Justin Madders | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

Since being appointed as a shadow health minister in September I have been keen to spend some time on the front line to see what life is really like for hard-pressed NHS staff. So I recently spent a night shadowing an emergency medicine consultant at the Countess of Chester hospital... Until you are actually there it is difficult to comprehend just how relentless the job is. Staff were working at full tilt and the nature of the work was such that they could never catch up with the demand - even when 'it's not that bad for a Saturday night'.

Mental Health Care in Prisons Must Improve

Danny Bowman | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

The prison services in the United Kingdom have over 85,000 inmates. With just under 82,000 of them being men with women making up around 4000 of the prison population.

That Manifesto: Time for NHS Reform?

Simon Fairweather | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

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.

Three Reasons Why a Doctor's Strike Is Ethically Justifiable

Rajiv Chandegra | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics
Rajiv Chandegra

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.

Want to Know Why Doctors Are Going to War With Jeremy Hunt?

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Politics
Youssef El-Gingihy

While Cameron may pacify us that there will be no switch to an insurance-based model (although he wants to "turn the NHS into a fantastic business"), ...

The Parallel Universe Of NHS Politics

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

At the minute many NHS staff are compromising their own health so they can provide basic patient care. Your workforce is exhausted and demoralised, and being told to make £22billion of efficiency savings in a setting already pared to the bone. I see these staff as my patients. When the stress gets too much, they come to me. Usually exhausted, often in tears. I feel like shaking you Mr Cameron. You absolute hypocrite. How dare you?

Promise to Do Nothing and Get Elected

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

In all the pre-election excitement/apathy/hype/horror (make your own selection and delete as appropriate) I have a novel idea for politicians of all parties everywhere. Promise, if elected, to do as little as possible. I'm convinced it's a winner.

Cherish The NHS - The American Alternative Is an Expensive Nightmare

Tim Bradley | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Bradley

To a Brit, it is a truly frightening and confusing and bank account-draining system. We got our daughter to the nearest emergency medical centre in our arms, and the staff immediately asked us to complete two long forms for the insurance company, and for a swipe of our credit card (you'll notice this is a recurring theme) before they even inquired what was wrong with our little girl or showed any signs of compassion whatsoever. It makes you angry to witness. Money is absolutely the priority in any medical scenario here. The average cost of an ambulance ride in LA for instance is $1,200 (£800).

Engaging Patients Should Be Core Business for the NHS, and Could Save Billions

Amy Finch | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Amy Finch

In many respects the "fully engaged" patient has arrived. Yet progress towards engagement has taken place at the margins of the NHS, rather than being its core business. If the NHS is to deliver the savings it needs, it must find a better way to tap into this human resource.

We Need to Be Careful Who We Are Blaming for the Current State of the NHS

Alex Nowicki | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Alex Nowicki

Public belief in the NHS has completely disintegrated. It has let people down unforgivably. This is not something we can ignore, on the contrary, listening to each other is now more important than ever.

Let's Start Supporting GPs Instead of Knocking Them

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

Quite simply, demand outstrips supply not just in hospitals, but also in general practice. And with A&E and hospitals full, patients are increasingly returned to general practices that are handling more and more complex consultations with fewer resources.