UK Healthcare

The NHS Should Treat Patients, Not Judge Them

Simon Mussell | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 04.12.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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 26.11.2014 | 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 26.11.2014 | 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 18.11.2014 | 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 28.10.2014 | 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 27.10.2014 | 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.

Accessing Healthcare Being an Expat isn't Easy

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

The world has quite a rosy picture about expats. Inflated salaries, extra benefits and perks, children getting international exposure and different cultures - this could be the life of an expat, right? Not completely.

Why Privatisation Is Killing the NHS

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Steve Taylor

The public need to know that our NHS is being privatised, not through the back door, but very blatantly through the front. There may as well be very large advertising placards directed at potential providers, promising in twelve-foot type: "If you can do it cheaper - it's yours." I've seen the effects that privatisation can have in other areas of the country - in Milton Keynes, Trafford, Teeside and Leicester. I also know that other colleagues all over the country are currently going through the same nightmare. In fact, it is likely that all of our NHS sexual health services will be put out to tender in the next few years. It is really rather desperate.

Doctors Need to be Human

Jim Sherifi | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Sherifi

We are currently in an professional environment where research-driven process is not being balanced by common sense. Even with all its failings there should always be a place for the dissenting voice born through experience to keep in check the march of the technocrat born through academic research.

Generation Sweet Stuff - Are We All Sugared Up?

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yasmin Khatun

The sugar-less trend seems like it might have long running implications on the way we sell, shop and eat. Things that were once put onto our health barometer, we're now advised to stay clear of. Yogurt, fruit, cereal and so forth are most certainly off the menu. Advised that cereals were the healthy option to start of our day, the healthiest at present, has to be cartoned egg whites.

The Most Important Thing You Can Create Is Your Own Life

Ian Spero | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Spero

To me the most important thing you create is arguably your own life. When we talk about a creation we mean something which is unique, something which is purposeful and meaningful; something which is large and substantial.

Help - We've Run Out of GPs

Jim Sherifi | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jim Sherifi

The current situation is not unique. GP recruitment goes through cycles although why this should be so is little understood. It is facile to suggest that graduates are moving abroad, taking up hospital careers or just giving up on medicine altogether

Suicide Is a Global Healthcare Crisis

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

The collective grief around the death of Robin Williams has been remarkable, but not at all surprising... what I cannot understand is why there isn't a similar collective public call to urgently address suicide. This is a healthcare crisis - indeed, it has been one for some time.

Andy Burnham, Save Our NHS!

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

There really is a problem in our NHS, and it has been made clear, much of the gloom in our NHS is down to Cameron's anti-democratic reorganisation... we cannot cut spending in a time where more and more people need our NHS. We must ensure the best possible care is available to everyone in our country, including social care and mental health provision.

Asia Pacific - Heir to the Mobile Throne

James Connelly | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Tech
James Connelly

Arguably the fastest-growing technology the world has seen is mobile and it is also the biggest technological drive of social and economic change. The app economy has paved the way that enables for everything from games and entertainment, to education and healthcare, to retail and overall productivity; leaving an idelible mark on our daily lives.

Doctors Fear That Right-To-Die Law Will Mean 'Death Squads'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

Changing the law on assisted dying could create "death squads" of doctors forced to administer euthanasia to patients, a health professor has warned. ...

Last Few Days and Time to Decide Where to Help Next?

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

Supporting Nema has some incredible advantages. Of course there is the satisfaction of knowing that we are doing some good, albeit in very difficult circumstances where nothing seems to progress as planned...

Junior Doctors Are in Need of a Good Mentor

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Neel Sharma

Medicine seems to be devoid of instructors dedicated solely to effective mentoring. The concept of educational supervisors does no doubt exist. However, many of whom are trampled by increasing clinical commitments leaving little time to focus purely on their juniors.

Nurses Weep As A&E Department Closes (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK

Nurses are some of the country's toughest men and women, but for these brave caregivers the devastation became too much as their A&E department was sh...