Nhs Funding

NHS Transformation Plans 'A Dagger Pointed at the Heart of the NHS'? It's A Bit More Complex

Becca Antink | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Politics
Becca Antink

The NHS is facing a 'humanitarian crisis'. This was the message from the Red Cross as we entered the New Year. It may have sounded a bit dramatic, but reports from across the country certainly suggest that services are facing significant pressures.

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.

You're 'Ordering' GPs Are You, Mrs May?

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

I haven't blogged for a while. The reason will shock our esteemed Prime Minister. It's because I've been a bit busy - see Mrs May, I'm a GP. So waking up on Saturday to hear your briefing to the press suggesting that I am to blame for the current crisis in the NHS, and that you will 'order' me and all my colleagues to be open 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm, made me pick up my laptop.

This Crisis Is The Worst In NHS History - Our Health Service Is At Risk Of Irreparable Damage

Dr Mona Kamal | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Dr Mona Kamal

It has felt that the last six years have seen the NHS in perpetual crisis but there is now a real sense that the service is being irreversibly damaged, most importantly the impact on our patients is becoming painfully clear. As healthcare workers our priority is the patients we serve and we must ensure it is their care and their priorities that directs how the service is run, but this is not just a fight that concerns NHS staff. The NHS belongs to us all and we all have a responsibility to safeguard it.

Standing Up 4 Sitting Down: Beating Ageism On The High Street

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

By 2039 more than 1 in 12 people will be 80 or over. This is a considerable segment of the population - yet markets, high streets and commodities in t...

Your Money For New Life

Lisa Strum | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Strum

My partner and I are lucky. We have both worked for many years in a succession of well-paid roles and managed to live well. When we were told that the only option was IVF, and that we would have to pay, I was in the fortunate position that I had just received a bonus from work and my partner had a little saved.

The Bonds Keeping The NHS Intact Are At Breaking Point - Here's Two Ways To Address The Funding Black Hole

Frank Field | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Frank Field

The National Audit Office today became the latest organisation to lay bare the real and growing threat the health service's financial woes pose to its very existence beyond 2020. Its combined financial deficit has trebled in a year and is likely to reach upwards of £30billion by the end of the decade.

The NHS Could Employ 85,000 Nurses and 20,000 Doctors If It Really Had £10bn Extra A Year

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics

The NHS could employ 85,000 nurses and 20,000 doctors if it really had the money the Health Secretary says it does, an investigation has found. Jeremy...

To Save The NHS, We Must All Take Greater Responsibility For Our Own Health

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Putting physical activity at the heart of community infrastructure is the only long-term solution to save the NHS from bankruptcy. It is time to take the bold and radical decisions to integrate physical activity into our daily lives. For the sake of our health and that of the NHS, we must all take responsibility.

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.

Why We Need to Think About Tomorrow's NHS, Not Just Today's

Lord Patel | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Patel

The NHS is one of our most beloved institutions with principles that people value and admire but like any public service it must adapt. We need to find long term solutions. Our inquiry will get to the core of the challenges that the NHS will face over the next two decades and beyond. We hope that it will lead to a cross-party consensus on a sustainable approach to better healthcare for all.

Gove and Johnson Go Over the Top: Brexit and World War 1 Fantasies

Adam Donen | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Donen

Said the Pot: "We should not look on ------ as "a series of catastrophic mistakes perpetrated by an out-of-touch elite." Said the Kettle: "One of the...

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.

How Many Nurses Do You Need...?

Jane Ball | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Jane Ball

We often hear that some nurses are short of compassion, but for the overwhelming majority of the profession, this is simply not true and there is certainly no evidence that shows that this is the problem underlying current concerns about quality. We do however have ample evidence that they are often short of time, compromising their ability both to show that compassion and to maintain safety. Safe staffing is not an optional extra.

Pharmacy Could Be the Key to Saving Our Health Service

Ian Strachan | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

This government seems to have ignored the real victims to their proposals: the elderly, the vulnerable, the immobile and those without access to transport. The housebound; those who pharmacy has helped to remain living independently in their own homes for longer. The frail, and those who have little resource or influence to fight back.

Patients Need to Be Sure of the Best Treatment to Cure a Sick NHS

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Dr Tony Rao

With its seven volunteers and 80 'Ambassadors', the Patients Association is trying to keep its head above water, but it needs our help. As the voice of patients, it should be allowed to continue to stand tall and challenge the mechanism of funding for health and social care.

NHS Commission: The View From An Insider

Simon Fairweather | Posted 29.01.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

The NHS has long been used as a political football. And on Thursday we saw the radical idea of a cross party agreement on co-operation for the future direction and funding sources rejected. This was despite almost universal agreement (from the health care professionals cum politicians) that joined up action is needed, and needed now.

A Night Working in A&E Showed Me How Amazing Our NHS Staff Are - We Must Fund Them Properly

Justin Madders | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

Since being appointed as a shadow health minister in September I have been keen to spend some time on the front line to see what life is really like for hard-pressed NHS staff. So I recently spent a night shadowing an emergency medicine consultant at the Countess of Chester hospital... Until you are actually there it is difficult to comprehend just how relentless the job is. Staff were working at full tilt and the nature of the work was such that they could never catch up with the demand - even when 'it's not that bad for a Saturday night'.

NHS £2.2billion Funding Black Hole 'Can Be Seen From Space', Claims Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics

The NHS funding crisis is so big you “can probably see it from space”, Labour has warned. A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) publish...

Dying to Be at Home - Why We Need to Get Serious About End of Life Care

Andrew Grey | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK
Andrew Grey

Kate's story shows just how important it is for commissioners and service-providers to do their best to help people who are approaching the end of life to stay out of hospital. They can save on costs and beds in a severely over-stretched NHS - and most importantly, they can help make it possible for dying people to be cared for in the place they want to be.

A Lesson in Supporting Victims of Child Abuse

Fiona Smith | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

Everyone who works with children wants to help and protect them. But as a recent report revealed that only one in 8 cases of child sexual abuse is being reported, something is clearly not working.

We Now Have an Opportunity to Make Bowel Cancer a Rare Cancer Killer

Mark Flannagan | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Mark Flannagan

Positive improvements are happening all the time in bowel cancer diagnosis, treatment and care. But we need to do better. It's staggering that bowel cancer stubbornly remains the UK's second biggest cancer killer.

Whatever the Chancellor Says on Wednesday, the Prognosis for the NHS Is Still Not Looking Good

Heidi Alexander | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Heidi Alexander

When George Osborne took to the TV studios today to sell his latest "promise" on the NHS, many people will have felt a touch of scepticism about whether it really does what it says on the tin. And they would have been right to feel that way.

We Must Keep Fighting for Equality Between Mental and Physical Health

Norman Lamb | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

The truth is that there is outrageous discrimination at the heart of the NHS. If you have suspected cancer you have a right to see a specialist within two weeks - and rightly so. But if you are a teenager with an eating disorder - a condition which can kill - you have no such right. It's impossible to justify that.

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.