UK Healthcare

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

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 23.02.2015 | 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 19.02.2015 | 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 16.02.2015 | 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 13.02.2015 | 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 13.02.2015 | 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 12.02.2015 | 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 11.02.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 29.01.2015 | 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 22.01.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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.

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.

Data-Driven Healthcare in the UK

David Richards | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Tech
David Richards

This month marked an important step in the move to making data-driven healthcare a reality here in the UK, with the government unveiling new series of plans that promise to make accessing the NHS as simple as online banking.

Fraud Health Claims Costing Facilities To Genuine Patients

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

The size of fraud claims in UK today is simply beyond wildest of imagination. Surveys in the recent past have revealed the amount of misuse and the numbers are beyond staggering.

The Hidden Impacts of Ebola

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

It is vitally important that Ebola in West Africa and its hidden impacts receive the attention they need.

How We're Advancing in Healthcare and Why I'm Excited

Emily McLaren | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily McLaren

One of my friends recently told me that she doesn't intend on opting-in to the current government pension scheme, nor does she intend to get a private pension plan because she figures due to being overweight, a smoker and an unrelenting lover of cider, she won't live to get a pension.

Pay Me to Lose Weight, Are You Kidding?

Julie Creffield | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

What a waste of a life. All those highs and lows. All those start again Mondays, and "Damn, I've blown it now" moments. Where in this NHS plan is there a mention of health and happiness, or dealing with the psychological side of weight gain, where does it mention being active and learning to love physical activity?

Why Are Hospitals Such Depressing Places?

Hannah Partos | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Partos

Being on a cancer ward for the first time can feel a lot like a torture camp. There are screams in the night from neighbouring rooms, sounds of retching; there are unfamiliar figures arriving with sharp instruments and toxic substances.

Creative Businesses and the Digital Healthcare Revolution

Caroline Norbury | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Tech
Caroline Norbury

We learned this week that as part of the Conservative election manifesto the party will promise GP access seven days a week by 2020. This is to relieve pressure on hospitals, giving working people access to a doctor at weekends, with family doctors able to consult patients via email and internet video link as part of the plans.