Health Care Reform

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 03.08.2015 | 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 08.06.2015 | 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.

10 Resolutions the NHS Must Make Now

Dr Ellie May | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Dr Ellie May

Although free at the point of delivery, the NHS is not a 'free for all' and though treatment is not rationed, it must be rational. Having spent 15 years in the same job, at the sharp end of the NHS, I have seen fancy ideas and initiatives change policy and procedure, trying to trim the cost of the service...

How Can We Save Our Darling NHS? Don't Worry - I Have a Plan

Alexandra Massey | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

Suppose we all took more responsibility for our own health? What? You ask. Yup, that's what I'm thinking. That, instead of automatically booking an appointment with the GP, we Google the symptoms and check out what's wrong with us then take advantage of some aged old wisdom.

My Problem With Transformation Pictures

Julie Creffield | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

Only 3% of women in the UK are totally happy with their bodies...that is ABSOLUTELY CRAZY...even the slim people are bloody unhappy with their bodies...don't you get it? slimness shouldn't be the goal...happiness should be regardless of what size you are. I argue that being unhappy is THE most unhealthiest way to be.

A Debate on Lazyness?

Julie Creffield | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

You know things have got bad when parliament are having to sort out the health of the nation, the same fat cat, pie eating, jump in a black taxi type of politicians trying to sort us lot out...well I guess I shouldn't be so judgemental...Boris cycles after all doesn't he?

Plenty of Pledges But Small on the Specifics: What the Party Conferences Told Us (And Didn't) About the Future of the NHS

Jennifer Dixon | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jennifer Dixon

The elephant in the room is that none of the funding pledges are nearly enough to meet current demand, and the NHS is heading for a financial crisis and soon. On this the politicians were silent, as well as on how the productivity of NHS staff could be increased to offset budget shortfalls...

How Missing Out on Good Nutrition Would be Criminal! - An Open Letter to David Behan, CQC Chief Executive

Nigel Denby | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Denby

We have grave concerns that the basic role of food and nutrition may once again be overlooked in this latest review of how the CQC will regulate, inspect and rate care homes.

Jeremy Hunt's Mental Health Failures

Danny Bowman | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

Mr Hunt, the man who has failed a generation of young people suffering from mental health problems and there is no question about it. Know many people have asked me how am I qualified to question a cabinet health minister on his decisions?

'What Big, Sad, Scary Prospects You Have, Ungrandma!" Non-Grandparents: What to Do About Our Futures?

Paula Coston | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, and have never had children - not my choice. Many of my same-age friends and family are preparing to enjoy the arrival of the next generation beyond, an experience that I'll no doubt take pleasure in by proxy, but still, that I'll miss out on for myself.

Patient Knows Best...

Anna Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Anna Bradley

Whilst I am not absolving any of us of our part in clogging up waiting rooms unnecessarily or putting extra pressure on GPs by bothering them with our sniffles, changing our behaviour is clearly not just a matter of information and education.

Pharmacists: Ready, Willing and Able to Improve Patient Care

Ash Soni | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Ash Soni

For a long time awareness of what pharmacists do (in addition to dispensing medicines) and how they can help patients has been low. Yet pharmacists can support better patient centred care within health and social care, particularly with the support of other NHS colleagues. And that support is building.

Should You Be Pushy With Your GP? Professor Haslam Thinks So

Karin Sieger | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), says in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that patients should be more pro-active about their health and 'pushier' with their GPs. How realistic is his view, and where does our responsibility towards ourselves as patients start and that of a medical professional end?

The NHS Could Give Every Patient Access to Their Health Records - Why Doesn't It?

Andrew Clark | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Andrew Clark

It would be a relatively simple job to give every patient access to the same sort of information electronically that the NHS is planning to sell, probably in the same way, especially as it is theirs in the first place.

A Future for Health-Activism

Rupert Whitaker | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Whitaker

In the fray, be aware and protect your biggest assets, which are integrity, transparency, authenticity, courage, cohesion, creativity, an acting on social values, ethical independence, a willingness to learn, and a lack of shame.

Honesty Is Always the Best Policy

Anna Bradley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Anna Bradley

It's been a long nine months for the NHS since the Francis report was published. As if the terrible and unnecessary suffering at Mid-staffs wasn't enough, numerous other scandals have come to light all across the country, continuing to damage the reputation of what we like to think of as a national treasure.

How the Harlem Shake Could Change the NHS

Dr Damian Roland | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Damian Roland

Providing health care is a tricky business. Those who have suffered ill health or accidents and needed treatment will know the experience can range fr...

We Need More Women in Healthcare Management - Here's How to Do It

Jan Flawn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Flawn

To encourage more women to make the breakthrough into senior healthcare management roles, we need to do three things. Firstly, create a better network of support and advice for young female healthcare managers; secondly, provide more effective mentoring; and thirdly raise the profile of the current crop of female senior managers to be inspirational role models.