UK Healthcare

Quality End-Of-Life Care Must Be Universal

Clare Periton | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Clare Periton

People die all the time, much as babies are born all the time. What lies at the centre of good palliative care is the ability to listen and shape treatment and care around the individual, thinking about their needs, not just their symptoms.

The Lone Wolf Now Runs In A Pack

Simon Fairweather | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Simon Fairweather

Perhaps the stolen camaraderie led me into my chosen profession - emergency medicine. The siege mentality, punishing rotas and huge reliance on teamwork made me feel like I belong somewhere. Sadly with the unrelenting workload and no sign of empathy from up high, I can feel myself drifting. For now, the search continues.

Missing Teeth and Other Failings

Wendy Jones | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Jones

She knew who she was, who I and other relatives were, but not where she was exactly or why. Memories and knowledge laid down long ago remained. Current experiences were hard to fathom. Hospital was difficult. Her cognition got worse with each stay.

EU Governments Must Ramp Up Obesity Strategies or Face Fiscal Crisis

Martin Koehring | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

Europe is facing an obesity crisis of epidemic proportions, one that threatens to overwhelm the EU's already struggling economies and place a tremendous burden on its healthcare systems. Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that the proportion of those who are overweight or obese will rise substantially in the EU over the next decade if the issue is not tackled.

NHS Chief Opens a Huge Can of Worms

Stephen Burke | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

Simon Stevens has opened a huge can of worms. Let's use the opportunity to create a much better care system that is fair, simple and sustainable and really meets the needs of all older people, now and throughout this century.

An Open Letter to All Healthcare Professionals

Naomi Barrow | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I want to let you know, that we appreciate you. We are so thankful for you and for the tireless work you put in, day in, day out. By 'we', I don't just mean patients, but patient's families and friends too.

Medical Schools Should Teach Students to Combat Disease, Not Terrorism

George Gillett | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

Perhaps the most startling aspect of the training was that we were being taught how to recognise traits of radicalisation before we'd learnt the first thing about diagnosing psychosis. I don't make this comparison flippantly or for rhetorical impact; its ramifications are clear.

Time for Bed: Why We Should Be Getting Serious About Sleep

Jeroen Tas | Posted 13.12.2015 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

It's estimated that we'll all spend about 26 years of our lives asleep, but did you get enough shut-eye last night? No? It might not seem like a big problem but this behavior has a major impact on our health.

Women in Business Q&A: Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Laura Dunn | Posted 12.12.2015 | UK
Laura Dunn

Sally learned a lot about health care from her 18-year career in the industry and from her personal experiences coming from a family of physicians and...

NHS Student Bursary Cuts

Abby Clark | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abby Clark

The breadth of knowledge and clinical skills needed to be a safe and competent practitioner is very wide. As well as these taught skills, there are the hard-to-teach, intrinsic social skills and communication nuances that need to be honed.

Too Hot for Health: How Health Systems Will Cope With Climate Change

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

The United Nation's climate change summit, COP21 in Paris will be one of the most important opportunities to date to save global health. With one in e...

Government in the Dark Over the State of UK Eye Health

Mike Daw | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Mike Daw

This autumn, a group of cross-party MPs posed questions to the Department of Health, in an attempt to gather information on the current state of the U...

Should Free Time Be a Right?

Nicky Goulder | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Goulder

These people can be of any age, ethnicity or gender. They always put someone else's needs and welfare before their own, often without recognition or praise. Many have little chance to socialise, which can lead to isolation; and they have an overwhelming sense of responsibility. Who am I talking about? The UK's 'hidden workforce' of unpaid carers.

Diabetes Nearly Killed Me - Because I Didn't Understand It

Hannah Postles | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Postles

I wanted to share what happened to raise awareness of how dangerous diabetes can be. I had it and I didn't know. I knew low blood sugar could be immediately bad and high blood sugar posed risks in the long term. But I didn't realise it was possible to get so ill so quickly.

Am I a Moderate or a Militant Doctor?

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

I am a GP partner and also train junior doctors in inner city Manchester. I have been a doctor for 13 years. I am writing not as a junior doctor but as a voice for my patients that I've looked after for the past 10 years...

Breathing Away: Bringing Down Child Deaths From Pneumonia

Ilya Jones | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

A girl in Cambodia is assessed for pneumonia. Copyright Malaria Consortium/Peter Caton Today is World Pneumonia Day - a time to recognise the fact ...

It is Time to Think the Unthinkable on the NHS

Mark Detre | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Detre

It will require political leaders who can effectively communicate the benefits of different healthcare systems around the world, and explain compellingly why change is required. It will be hard going, but the rewards for patients and for the public purse could be very great indeed.

A Healthcare Nightmare Is Becoming Reality: What if Our Antibiotics No Longer Worked?

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Tech
Professor Kevin Fenton

In the debate about antibiotic resistance it's often said that the implications are too big to get a handle on - people say it's something that should perhaps only concern scientists or politicians - but along with an absolutely justified call for global action there are personal stories and personal actions we must all take.

Why the BMA Can't Negotiate with Hunt

Adam Staten | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Staten

As I type these words ballot papers are being printed and sent out across the country to junior doctors in preparation for a proposed strike that now seems all but inevitable. This strike, the first of its kind for 40 years, represents a catastrophic breakdown in the relationship between the Department of Health and the medical profession.

Spin Doctors vs Real Doctors

Dr Shebby Kamalvand | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Shebby Kamalvand

So, what is the latest health threat that doctors are warning the public about in the UK at present? No, we haven't just identified a new strain of Ebola, tomatoes are still good for you, and disappointingly strawberry daiquiris are yet to contribute to your five-a-day. The newest threat to your health, is ironically the health secretary Jeremy Hunt himself.

Tech Will Never Replace GPs... But It Will Make Them More Accessible

Chris Spencer | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Spencer

How long does it take you to get an appointment to see your GP? If simply asking this question has set your pulse racing and temper soaring, take heart. Technology is coming to the rescue...

Greedy, Lazy Doctors: Junior Doctors Behind Closed Doors

Dr Shebby Kamalvand | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Dr Shebby Kamalvand

So what are the doctors saying behind closed doors? They are saying that they have had enough. They are declaring that they will unify against the government and that they will fight. They are warning their children not to follow their career path, and considering their options very carefully also. Many have been tempted by warmer climates, or a career change all together. They are adamant that they will not back down, and that the government has picked the wrong group of professionals to attack.

Frailty Care: Home Is Where the Health Is

Chris Spencer | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

Just a few weeks ago, news broke that Gill Pharaoh - a healthy 75 year old retired nurse - had chosen to end her own life at a Swiss suicide clinic. Whatever your stance on euthanasia or assisted suicide, for me the story raised another very important question. Can our health service truly support an aging population?

Time for the NHS to Embrace Expo-Nential Innovation

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

We have seen glimpses of innovation agility across the system - last year just 3% of GPs in England offered patients' online appointments, repeat prescriptions and access to summary information in medical records. Now this stands at 97%. A decade ago, it cost millions to sequence a genome, now it's less than £1,000.

Is It Really That Difficult to Cancel a GP Appointment?

Beth Britton | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Fundamentally I believe that we as patients must understand our responsibility to respect the free access we have to our GP, practice nurse, midwife or other primary care based professional. We expect their professionalism and access to them in a timely manner - it's not a lot to ask that we should also keep our side of the bargain too.