This Saturday I will speak at a Lib Dem Conference fringe meeting, for the first time since my resignation was demanded by the Lib Dem President Navnit Dholakia...
The National Health Service in Wales is struggling. Despite the hard work of staff, its recovery is nowhere in sight and serious questions marks hang over standards of care. Indeed, many of the problems within the Welsh NHS are escalating...
For a long time awareness of what pharmacists do (in addition to dispensing medicines) and how they can help patients has been low. Yet pharmacists can support better patient centred care within health and social care, particularly with the support of other NHS colleagues. And that support is building.
I think many of us have been shocked at the recent disclosures about NHS data - our health data - being sold to insurance companies for a couple of thousand pounds, and as we now know, thanks to the work done by GP / MP Sarah Wollaston, being uploaded on to Google servers by PA Consulting.
London. Love it or hate it, there's no denying that it's a magnet which draws people towards it whether they're tourists, students, jobseekers or immigrants looking for a better way of life.
It was not a particularly busy shift. The patients were not any more sick than other evenings I have worked. I may have been a little more tired than normal, but I don't think I was anymore distracted. However, as I walked out of the consulting room, I realised I hadn't #hellomynameis.
The credibility of the hospital standardised mortality ratio (HSMR) as a method to measure the performance of NHS hospitals has come under attack.
Surely you must know the adverse effects of bad diet and no exercise. Why should the taxpayer pay for what is, ultimately, the exercise of your freedom of choice? This is the question that Jeremy Paxman asked the former NHS chief Sir David Nicholson, when Nicholson went to Newsnight to describe his transition from being the head of the NHS to becoming yet another NHS patient with diabetes.
It's easy to point the finger at GPs for not picking up on the signs but are they really to blame? Currently, doctors have no training on eating disorders as part of their seven-year degree. They have approximately 10 minutes - if that - with each patient and hardly sufficient to investigate a patient presenting the symptoms.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) was the biggest cause of death in England, accounting for nearly 60,000 of the total 466,800 deaths in 2012 (about one in seven deaths in men and one in ten deaths in women). And it's the top cause of death for people under the age of 75. Most of the risk of heart attack is down to a few risk factors that are potentially modifiable...
Gradually things are changing. Public Health England, an NHS policy making body that has the mission to "protect and improve the nation's health", issued a briefing document at the end of last year which encourages GPs to make use of "mutual aid" groups like AA.
It's almost as hard to escape the many 'payday loan' advertisements that flood virtually every advert break in the TV schedule these days as it is to access any strand of public service that hasn't been flogged off to the private sector.
Without rehabilitation, patients struggle to regain mobility and function and many lose the ability to live independently. This is a shocking, and avoidable, waste and it is crucial that the NHS ensures the pockets of excellent care that exist are replicated across the country. But let's not stop there. Because it is not only stroke patients who struggle to get the rehab...
For someone with arthritis who is living with pain and stiffness in their joints, it's not just a matter of finding the time. Imagine how difficult it would be to maintain intimacy with your partner if, having a hug, sleeping next to someone at night or going for a walk was excruciatingly painful.
Almost two thirds of UK adults are obese or overweight, so says a new survey by Public Health England (PHE). PHE, whose mission is to protect and improve the nation's health and to address inequalities, points out that there are 19 district local authorities with more than 70% of population obese or overweight.
We must set better regulation and improve scrutiny before handing out public sector contracts the size of NPfIT, so that no company is able to dupe our government and its shareholders into thinking it is capable of contracts it is not.