UK Healthcare

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.

Apathy Won't Save the NHS

Dr Rebecca Jones | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK
Dr Rebecca Jones

Maybe there really is just a sense of futility about the whole thing. Maybe it would be easier to sit back and let the powers that be take control and dismantle our health service, transforming it into whatever they feel is the best for the British public. My issue with this argument is that it is not for the government to decide for us. As many of the fantastic speakers at Crash Call reminded us, this is OUR NHS. We pay for it and we use it, so we should have a say in its future.

Seven Survival Steps for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) NHS Staff - Step 3

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Claudia Tomlinson

It is now well known that BME NHS staff are twice as likely to face disciplinary procedures, and one study found that more than 60% of the midwives in London subject to disciplinary procedures were black, and all ten that were eventually dismissed were from a BME background.

Stealth Healthcare Budget Cuts and Who Will Be Hurt

Adam Staten | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Staten

Cutting this budget is incredibly short-sighted. £200million saved now will result in massive expenditure and massive suffering in the future. Unfortunately these cuts are already coming and getting into a lather about it now is unlikely to change that.

People Not Patients

Mark Davyd | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Davyd

One morning, confronted by an ankle the size of an angry pineapple, I walked myself to the doctors around the corner, taking almost an hour to cover the 500 yards. On arrival, I was rushed to hospital in an ambulance. So began the first of many, many long term stays in wards and treatment units.

Seven Survival Steps for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) NHS Staff

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK
Claudia Tomlinson

If you are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, and work in the NHS in the UK, you will already know that survival can be the name of the game. As well as doing the day job, whether you are a consultant, a hospital porter, a chief executive, a nurse or an administrator there are factors you are far more likely to have to negotiate than your white colleagues.

Man Attempts Rattlesnake Selfie... Ends Up With £96k Medical Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

A man injured whilst attempting to take a selfie with a rattlesnake has released images of his $150,000 (£96,200) hospital bill. Todd Fassier, wh...

Ten Years of Change, And Still We're Failing Sepsis Sufferers

Dr Ron Daniels | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Dr Ron Daniels

Public awareness is still far too low, but the symptoms - which include diarrhoea, muscle pain, mottled or discoloured skin, itching, difficulty passing urine, chills and shivering, fever, and fast breathing - can be spotted by friends and family, or even the patient themselves. Until we all start to suspect sepsis, and say sepsis, the outlook won't get better.

Charity Partnerships, Empowered Patients and the Future of the NHS

Chris Spencer | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

"The future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health". It's a statement clear in its message and blunt in its truth.

Should New Mums Pay for a Bit of Postnatal Peace and Quiet?

Catherine Ball | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Parents
Catherine Ball

For the princely sum of £95 a night, new mums will be able to upgrade their NHS hospital experience as they bond with their baby with partners welcome to stay too (if they can stomach a night sleeping on a reclining chair).

Seven-Day Vision Must Recognise Present-Day Reality

Professor Karen Middleton | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK
Professor Karen Middleton

So what Mr Cameron should have said was this: 'We can have, where clinically-appropriate and fully resourced, a truly seven-day NHS, assuming, of course, we can ensure that staff are fairly rewarded and also fully involved in designing the specific services that patients actually require, and desire, all week-round'.

Seven-Day NHS Pledge Faces Age-Old Issue

Chris Spencer | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

There is one story dominating healthcare headlines right now - the government's pledge to deliver "a truly seven-day NHS". It's a commitment we all welcome in principle, but with dwindling GP numbers, tight budgets and concerns over existing primary and secondary care workloads, it has prompted a collective eyebrow raise and the question, 'how'?