Nhs Cuts

Pharmacies Vs The Department Of Health

Ian Strachan | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

If the government does not change course and listen to frontline pharmacists desperately trying to make them see sense, I foresee a desperately bleak future for community pharmacy and indeed the whole of the NHS - a hole in the high street and in the chain of healthcare that will never be filled.

Carry On Accessing Mental Health Services: A Tragi-Comedy

Melanie Briggs | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK
Melanie Briggs

I didn't know it was World Mental Health day when I booked a rare GP appointment last autumn. I found out later, after I'd emerged from my ten allotted minutes with the clock-watching locum, clutching a prescription for Citalopram and feeling surprisingly peaceful at having finally said it out loud...

What They Don't Tell You About Getting Cancer at 22 Years Old

Sam Williams | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

My cancer has made me a more anxious person, compared to the incredibly confident young woman I was before. Nothing ever worried me. Now I get upset easier. I've had a big reality check. But I'm working, I'm living my life, and as you read this I'll be fulfilling a lifelong dream by travelling around Asia for three months with my best friend. This is what I should have been doing when I left university. This is why I've been so frustrated.

An Open Letter To This NHS

Gabrielle Taylor | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Gabrielle Taylor

To the NHS, I hope this finds you well. I know you've had some bad press of late so I just wanted to see you how you're feeling and let you know that despite your troubles, I'm still your number one fan.

Doctors With Mental Illness - Time For A Change

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nima Ghadiri

This stigma can arise as early as medical school, fostered by a triad of competitiveness, fear and uncertainty. Students sometimes receive conflicting information about mental health, and may fear disclosing illness.

Jeremy Hunt Is The Biggest Ever

Rob Davidson | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Davidson

Is Jeremy Hunt the most hated, distrusted Health Secretary of all time? This might be disputed, after all, no one has made a viral rap song about Jere...

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.

A False Economy - Cuts to Public Health Budgets Could Cost Our Country Billions

Bryan Blears | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Bryan Blears

In order to save money in the future and to make our NHS sustainable, I believe the evidence shows that we must invest more in preventative medicine and in informing the lifestyle choices of the public. Supporting people to live independently healthy lives is just as important as treating ill health when it occurs.

Is Britain In A State Of Hidden Civil War? Time To Face Facts

Chris Erskine | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Erskine

Voices and ideas from the areas of food, land, travellers, domestic violence, poverty, asylum and debt are all vital to finding grains of truth that allow us to face up to our Hidden Civil War. To face difficult truths in troubled times, we require deep collaboration, reflection and above all, listening.

Why We Should Pay for the Pill to Stop You Getting HIV

Gus Cairns | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK
Gus Cairns

Too many members of the gay community, with our hard-won marriages, our adopted kids, our newfound respectability, regard the guys who haven't yet got there as traitors. Letting down the side. Tainting the gay brand. Doing what the homophobes accuse us of. Let's not be Pharisees. Let's welcome our gay brothers into the fold and protect them from what is still the most serious consequence of sexual risk. Let us save them from HIV. Let us offer them PrEP.

Save Pharmacy or We Risk the Whole NHS

Ian Strachan | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

You can’t avoid it; in every newspaper, every day, another story about the NHS under increasing strain from all areas. Statistics show that GP pract...

Pharmacists Save Lives Too!

Ian Strachan | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

I wrote in my article earlier this week that pharmacists save lives, and was asked on this very page to back up my claim. This article is for the GP w...

Why I Lied to My Patient Today

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

I lied to a patient today. I didn't feel good about it, but I didn't know what else to say. It was a man I was visiting at home, let's call him Stan. An elderly patient who is normally in excellent health and rarely comes to the surgery. He was down for a home visit to check his chest after being unwell for a few days. Before I went out I looked at his notes, and saw we hadn't seen him for a good six months. Quite uncommon for a lot of older patients. He isn't a smoker, isn't on much in the way of medicine, and had rung the surgery last week. The notes were from my colleague. They were brief...

Where is PrEP?

Gus Cairns | Posted 18.03.2017 | UK
Gus Cairns

Some of you in the HIV field may have read this. And if you haven't, read and sign. It's a letter to the Chief Executive of NHS England demanding to...

Prevention in Action - Saving the NHS Through Prevention

Olivia Maya Field | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK
Olivia Maya Field

Almost 70 years on, the NHS being underfunded, over-stretched and struggling to cope keeps making headlines...

Yes, It IS About the Money

Dr. M Ali Abbasi | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Dr. M Ali Abbasi

The objection to the junior doctor pay deal on offer is not childish petulance, avariciousness or political gaming. Nor is it an attempt to align junior doctor remuneration with financial sector packages. But it IS about money and being paid a fair wage for a demanding job.

Why I Hope My Doctor Is Off Having a Cup of Tea

Jodie Hardwick | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jodie Hardwick

What I do know, is that when me and my tiny offspring needed them, they were there for us. Yes, there were times I was kept waiting. There were times I was told someone would be there in the morning and I didn't see them until the evening. But when we needed them, they were there.

Why I Am Beginning to Hope Hunt Genuinely Just Doesn't Understand

Dr Aoife Abbey | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Aoife Abbey

It's been one month since the Department of Health announced their official intentions to recommend NHS employers impose a new contract on junior doctors. Television, radio and social media have been awash with strong feelings, stern warnings and cries of disbelief...

Are You There Yet Hunt? I Have Some More Questions

Dr Aoife Abbey | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Aoife Abbey

Dear Mr Hunt Mr Hunt, I wrote to you last week with respect to my worries surrounding your announced imposition of the new junior doctor contract. I ...

Junior Doctors: Why We Will Win This Battle

Dr Aoife Abbey | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Dr Aoife Abbey

Junior doctors already have in their armour all the advantage we will ever need. We have already spent every day of our working career balancing and respecting the needs of patients against our own. We know that mainstream media may chose to be our friend or foe. Indeed, as history has taught us, their allegiance may change on a daily basis. We are grateful for an immense amount of public support, yet we could never forget and so will continue to respect that there are millions of vulnerable, sick patients and their families who do not have the luxury of prioritising anything but their next few hours.

Why I'd Deter Anyone From Becoming a Nurse

Clare O'Neill | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics
Clare O'Neill

The NHS is a system we all take for granted and I cannot begin to express its worth, or the worth of its employees. However, when faced with the all challenges it has had, the NHS struggles to provide the help nurses deserve, much less adequately address and support staff with chronic health problems. Nurses struggle, and their health suffers.

The Case for Public Health: Attaining a Healthy Weight

Antony Morgan | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Antony Morgan

After waging war on doctors and nurses over their working hours, it seems that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has now turned his attention towards public health services designed to prevent weight-related health problems.

Dear Chancellor

Ben Moore | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

Dear George, I've had a chance to digest your new budget and it seems clear to me that you are the one politician who is in sympathy with me and my issues. I too have bitter enemies who I wish to undermine and destroy by any means necessary, regardless of the impact on anyone else. So here are my problems, George, maybe you can help me.

Why Cutting Public Health Will Hurt the NHS

Peter Morton | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Morton

Earlier this month, with the stroke of a pen, the Chancellor reduced the Department for Health's annual budget by some £200 million. These cuts were explained simply as "non NHS savings" - a point which may be technically correct, but neatly articulates the Government's position that where the money comes from is more important that what it actually does.

Parallel Practice

Jim Sherifi | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK
Jim Sherifi

I honestly do not know what is going to happen to NHS General Practice in the UK. What is even more worrying is that neither do my colleagues, both high and low, ivory tower or coal face, working or retired.