UK Healthcare

Should We Re-elect the Worst British Government for 75 Years?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

I am not a partisan man. Although I was once, many years ago, a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have since tried to help make the world a better pl...

Safer Healthcare: How to Prevent Patients From Picking Up Infections in Hospital

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Hospitals are meant to make you better, but sometimes patients leave in a worse state than when they arrived. Some 8-12% of patients in EU hospitals...

The Cost of Providing the World's Poorest People With Their Own National Health Service

Jeremy Horner | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Jeremy Horner

Today the Overseas Development Institute are releasing a report called 'Financing the Future' which shows that free basic universal healthcare would cost $74 billion a year to deliver in the 33 poorest countries - equivalent to just 4% of total bailout support provided to the banks by the UK Government.

The Balancing Act of Living With Chronic Pain

Jade Hamnett | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jade Hamnett

Once someone has exhausted the over-the-counter options, it can be a difficult decision to go to the doctor to ask for something different. It shouldn't be. Pain deserves to be managed as well as any other symptom of a condition, but there seems to be far more judgement intrinsically linked.

The Next Five Years of Change in the NHS Are Crucial to Its Survival

Michelle Mitchell | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Michelle Mitchell

The NHS was established in 1948. Today it faces its biggest challenge since its inception. A failure to radically reform how we deliver new models of care across the NHS over the next five years could lead to a serious threat to this much-loved public service remaining universal and free at the point of need.

The Three Problems at the Heart of the NHS

Adam Staten | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Adam Staten

I have heard both Miliband and Cameron talk of stopping the day to day political meddling in the affairs of the health service, in Miliband's case this was shortly before he decided instead to 'weaponise' it, but neither of the main parties has ever taken a serious step towards this end.

Are Politicians Brave Enough to Go Cold Turkey on the Four-hour A&E Target?

Leonora Merry | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
Leonora Merry

Relegating the four-hour target in importance and looking across a richer set of indicators like these could be an important way forward. But doing this will mean moving away from the weekly fix of headlines about hospitals 'underperforming' or, alternatively, meeting the target. Are politicians brave enough to go cold turkey on the totemic four-hour A&E target?

Why Asthma Could Cost Holidaymakers £45,000

Beth Macer | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Macer

If you are taken ill on holiday, depending on the condition, you could see yourself being charged thousands and even hundreds of thousands of pounds for medical treatment and the cost of being flown home could cost up to £45,000 just for the ride!

I Don't Care What You Want, Tell Me What You Need

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

Should care for "self-inflicted" alcohol, drug, smoking and obesity problems be funded by the NHS? Should cosmetic surgery in any form be available free of charge? Should the most expensive new cancer drugs be funded, even though they only benefit a tiny handful of the population and cost millions?

Concern, Not Criticism, Was the Public's Response to A&E This Winter

Harry Evans | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Harry Evans

The yearly discourse of winter NHS strains has reached the public ear. What's more, people can distinguish between the NHS generally, which they know to offer the highest quality and the NHS in winter, where there is more concern.

Political Parties' NHS Pledges Are Startlingly Analogue

Freddie McMahon | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Tech
Freddie McMahon

In the US, there are even bandages going into production that tell you how a wound is healing - not to mention tablets with in-built sensors that can relay key information about your body right from the front lining of the stomach, so to speak.

Without Enough Inspired Nurses There Will Be a Decline in Basic Healthcare Provisions in Uganda

Martha Amoo | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
Martha Amoo

I was one of the lucky ones. I was born into a supportive family that could afford to give me an education. There are 32 nursing schools in Uganda but tuition fees and lack of opportunities mean many young girls are unable to follow in my footsteps.

Patient-centric Policy Means Better Healthcare

Chris Spencer | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

I'm not saying it is simple. But it is what is needed and, in my view, it is the fastest way to making sure joined-up care becomes a reality and doesn't remain a theoretical aspiration.

The Lessons I've Learned From My Malawian Mother

Alice Pulford | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Pulford

For the last six years I have worked in the beautiful country of Malawi but this is the first time I'm taking a moment to really try and understand the experience and once again the people of Malawi have enlightened me, educated me. Their strength, their unity and compassion is utterly breath-taking.

Fighting Meningitis Globally

Chris Head | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Chris Head

Meningitis is poorly understood in Malawi - many people seek the wrong sort of treatment or seek it too late, and there can often be delays reaching appropriate healthcare.

The Human Cost of Ebola

Justin Forsyth | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

There is a big debate raging in all three countries on the lessons of what went wrong and what worked. We need to make a commitment to help these countries build a better future. This will take international support and solidarity.

The Care Crisis - Telling It as It Is

Stephen Burke | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Burke

The BBC highlight three particular problems: the care system is horrendously complex and about to get more so; it is massively underfunded; and the government's planned cap on care costs being introduced next year will help very few older people pay for care.

These Are The 7 Most Intelligent Cities In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A list of the seven most intelligent cities in the world has been revealed - and its (previously unsung) winners come as a pleasant surprise. The I...

My Three Words for Davos this Year

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Recent events have seen countries recognize UHC as an essential component of their future political and social stability. This is a large part of the rationale for the huge investments being made into health coverage in China, Indonesia, Brazil and many other nations.

Syria: From Bad to Worse

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa

In 2014, the fourth year of the conflict in Syria, a bleak humanitarian situation deteriorated even further. To date, there have been over 200,000 fatalities and one million casualties. Three million people have sought refuge across borders and more than seven million people have been displaced. More than half of the country's population - including five million children - require some form of humanitarian aid. Not only has violence increased, but access to aid has also been restricted. Needs are greater than ever but the aid system is not meeting them. Today, Syria remains the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world.

The Rise of the Selfie

Jag Chana | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jag Chana

People are not only viewing retouched images in the media, but these days, most cameras in smartphones have built-in filters and effects to enhance photographs. 2014 was the year of the selfie and this has certainly been true for my practice, as I have seen a rise in patients wanting cosmetic procedures and using the selfie to demonstrate what they don't like about their features.

The NHS Should Treat Patients, Not Judge Them

Simon Mussell | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
Simon Mussell

Reducing social inequality makes far more sense socially, economically, and - if you must - morally as well. Regrettably, too few people in power seem willing to make the case for a more equal society. They would rather continue to demonise the apparently 'poor lifestyle choices' of the most socially excluded.

Design for Dementia

Lucy Maddox | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Lucy Maddox

You are stuck in a busy, noisy, unfamiliar building. You are unsure of where you are or even what time of year it is. All the corridors look the same. You find it hard to judge how far away the floor is. You can't remember where the toilets are. You can't remember why you're here. You feel a rising sense of panic as you search for clues to where you are, and even who you are.

Why We Need To Stop Vending Out Obesity

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sally Norton

My issue with vending machines is that their position is such a useful one that could be utilised to provide us with nutritious foods and energy at moments when other options aren't available. But instead, what we are offered is an array of unhealthy choices that provide us with a quick energy fix and little, if any, nutrients.

Give Doctors the Confidence to Deliver Joined-up Care

Chris Spencer | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

Joined-up healthcare is something we all want and the NHS needs. Enabling the disparate elements of our healthcare system to work together and share information will save time and money and ultimately benefit patient care.