National Health Service

Inspiring A Healthier Future

Helen Donovan | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Donovan

Public health nursing has its origins in the mid 1800's when the inequalities of the 19th century, and the ruinous health outcomes of the poorest in society, became increasingly apparent. Following the Boer War, in which the Government struggled to find enough young people who were fit enough to recruit as soldiers, infant welfare in particular fast became a priority.

Jeremy Hunt's Seven-Day Homeopathic NHS: Just The Tincture?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

When the practical and economic feasibility of a routine 7-day NHS has been roundly debunked by senior doctors, service providers and analyists, it is only natural to ask how this is going to happen. Maybe, we ought to be thinking a little more naturally ourselves, and prepare for our complementary secretary of state for health to give us a very complementary 7-day routine NHS.

Are Patients 'At Risk From Thousands Of EU Medics?'

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Nima Ghadiri

On 24th September 2016, the Daily Mail headlined with the following: This follows on from a number of previous articles published earlier in the ye...

Could NHS Sustainability Plans Help Voters Influence The NHS's Future?

Karin Smyth | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics
Karin Smyth

Labour should welcome the way place-based planning can draw people together to find solutions, as a potential means to resolve some of problems caused by the Health and Social Care Act.

Junior Doctors and Social Media: Fighting for the NHS

Dr Ranj Singh | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Dr Ranj Singh

ps1.jpg What happens when medics and social media collide? You get one of the biggest revolutions in one of the world's most respected healthcare systems... A real power shift happened. Social media meant that the people, whom the NHS stood for, were back in the driving seat.

NHS Staff Across the Country Are Vital to Stamping Out Child Sexual Abuse

Matthew Reed | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Matthew Reed

Stamping out child abuse is the responsibility of everyone who works with children and NHS staff - from receptionists to nurses and doctors - are ideally placed to spot the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The Government's EatWell Guide IS NOT Responsible for Diabetes and Obesity

Emer Delaney | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

I must admit, I get increasingly frustrated with some of the reports I read in our papers these days. Take a recent article that appeared in The Daily...

Is NHS General Practice No Longer a Valued Member of the Family as It Turns 68?

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

NHS general practice turns 68 today, which is a cause for celebration and a time to reflect on its place in the family of national institutions. But it feels like the mood of Government has turned from looking at general practice as a wise and valued guide through life, to seeing it as a burdensome hanger-on from a past age.

8 Junior Doctors Explain Why They Won't Be At Work On Tuesday

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK

The first part of the junior doctors strike is set to begin on Tuesday, with medics protesting new contracts put forward by Health Secretary Jeremy Hu...

The Junior Doctors Strike Is Off...For Now

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK

Tuesday’s junior doctor strike has been postponed after a last-minute breakthrough talks between the British Medical Association and the Department ...

Junior Doctors Offered 11 Percent Pay Rise By Hunt To Fend Off Strike Action

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics

Junior doctors are to be offered an 11 percent pay rise in the hope of reducing the simmering tension over changes to their working hours and avoid a ...

The Conservatives Have a Clear Plan for the National Health Service

George Dokimakis | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Politics
George Dokimakis

The plan is to privatise the NHS. Blinded by the trillions of dollars the health industry generates for the USA and the subsequent donations private healthcare providers would quite possibly give to their party as a thank you, they are clear that the blight of the state-provided NHS to the free markets must go...

Apathy Won't Save the NHS

Dr Rebecca Jones | Posted 24.08.2016 | 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.

Hunt Savaged By The BMA As Doctors Go To War

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Politics

"Furious" doctors declared war on Jeremy Hunt on Saturday, with the British Medical Association chairman lambasting the health secretary for peddling ...

The Diabetic Foot

Keith Vaz | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

I often maintain, that the greatest long-term threat to our National Health Service comes not from the usual range of suspects people would immediately think of, but from diabetes and obesity...

Parity of Esteem for Mental Health

Richard Layard | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK
Richard Layard

In 2012 Parliament enshrined in law the principle of parity of esteem between mental and physical health. This means that people must have the same access to NICE-recommended treatments whether their health problem is mental or physical. We are nowhere near that position now.

Hunt Targets Staffing Agencies 'Ripping Off The NHS'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt ordered a clampdown on “expensive staffing agencies” that are "ripping off the NHS" on Tuesday, a move the health secretary intends wi...

Tories Pledge £8 billion A Year For The NHS

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics

The Tories have pledged to meet NHS funding needs "in full" as the rival parties unveiled health policies targeting new mothers and OAPs on Friday. Wi...

'Incompetent' NHS Almost Killed Me, Says Farage

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage has rounded on the National Health Service claiming it almost killed him and accusing medics of "incompetence and negligence". The Uki...

Why the NHS and Its Doctors Need to Say No

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

I was asked this week why the NHS doesn't fund all the new technologies available for patients, particularly those with cancer. And when I instantly replied "Because we can't afford to", I surprised myself. Because no-one seems to say that when they talk about the NHS. And the NHS doesn't like to say no.

Will Labour Be Able to Move Beyond the NHS?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

With the General Election campaign now considered to have officially started, the parties are already mapping out their territory. There are few surprises and are unlikely to be any over the coming months but for Labour the challenge is particularly acute. The party knows that the NHS could be a winning issue for it but can it move beyond the NHS and onto other issues?

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Three

Hugh Salmon | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Since I started this blog, I have promoted my view that, in society, we are all consumers - and that professional marketing and advertising, and 'upstream creative thinking', could be better employed for the good of society as a whole. All of us...

Putting Mental Health at the Centre of Debate

Paul Burstow | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

I am delighted to say we have committed to keeping mental health at the centre of the political debate - now let's hear everyone talking about it.

Dave Sacked The Guy Who Was Meant To Save The NHS From Privatisation

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron no longer has a cabinet minister responsible for the controversial trade deal that critics fear could open up the NHS to "irreversible" ...

Midwives in First-Ever Vote on Industrial Action

Cathy Warwick | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Next month, NHS midwives across England will vote on taking industrial action against their employers. It is the first time in the RCM's 133-year history that we have asked our members to do this. It is not something we take lightly, but midwives and maternity support workers are at breaking point.