I was reminded of the valued contribution of the charity sector and its volunteers to end of life care when I recently met with a local Marie Curie Helper volunteer, who was providing incredible support and companionship to a constituent affected by a terminal illness.
A long-term condition framework for understanding HIV is not yet fully embedded within the thinking of the general public, the media, politicians - or our NHS. The framing of HIV as a long-term condition has not replaced the dominant image of HIV as a serious, communicable disease, which is ultimately fatal but for the constant innovation of medical science.
Despite the warnings about the secrecy, the impossible timetables and the financial imperatives surrounding these plans the Government seem determined to press ahead with them. When the plan for your area is released the questions outlined above might be ones you want to ask your local "STP lead" about.
We have opened our doors at the Tavistock and Portman because we wanted to create a platform for the authentic voices of young people and families using services and the clinicians who work with them. There is a growing public demand for children and young people's mental health to be awarded the priority and the investment in needs. Government has made important commitments, but for kids on the edge turning sympathy into action cannot come too quickly.
We need to talk about not only the NHS, but also the language we use about the NHS. Criticising the NHS is too often conflated with criticising the staff who do a marvellous job for the NHS. They are doing fantastic things, but it's often in spite of rather than because of the structure in which they work. Criticising the NHS is not to criticise the doctor who saved your mother's life or the value of modern medicine.
Suicides are a complicated and personal issue. Every families' experience of it is unique. While there is always more to learn, I will continue to hold the Mayor to account on his campaign pledge to help ensure we tackle this problem and save lives.
In 2015, the realities of "post-truth politics" began to hit home for Junior Doctors. Politicians began commenting on all matters NHS with such authority that it had to be true, right? Junior doctors may work in the system, but trust your politicians with the oversight of this national treasure, they know best.
There is so much to discuss and evaluate. The first of the regular meetings at which the STP will be discussed is next week, and I hope the next stage will be the widest and most open of consultations. I hope many of my Bristol South constituents will take part.
The reality, as people watching the series will see, is pretty different from the drama version. We do get to save lives and that in itself is an amazing feeling. We meet and help some wonderful people, however we are also at the stage of having to pick up the pieces left by cuts in care that have left vulnerable people with no-one else to turn to for help.
By the time the Chancellor got on his feet to deliver the Autumn Statement, expectations of any extra funds for care were very low. The fact that nothing was unveiled confirmed how far care still has to go to win political support.
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.
We must tackle the widening inequality in health outcomes between rich and poor. We must transform how we contend with mental health, and deliver true parity between physical and mental healthcare. We must properly integrate our health and social care services. It will once again be incumbent on a Labour government to appropriately resource our NHS to ensure people live longer, healthier lives.
"NHS staff morale is at an all-time low" - it's a headline we read in the media or see on social media time and again. We heard it after Mid Staffs, w...
It appears since Prevent became a statutory duty on those working in the health sector since July 2015 the NHS referred 420 patients and staff to police in England and Wales in a year over concerns they were at risk of radicalisation, which equates to an average of 35 referrals a month.
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.
Time and time again it has been proven that building and nurturing an inclusive and competitive environment, where students, nurses, doctors, carers and thousands of other workers can thrive, is a recipe for success - and it's imperative that we defend it.