As we march on towards the General Election on May 7, it is increasingly clear that for all the puff and bluster about the NHS being a vote winner, none of the main parties have truly connected with the challenges currently facing the country's healthcare system.
Our amendment to exclude public services from TTIP has been numbered 397; the Tories' is 406. Ahead of this seminal vote in the European Parliament, we need all the public support we can muster to ensure that 397 trumps 406. Only in this way can we guarantee that we are able to rescue our NHS from Tory privatisation, invest in its future and join up services from home to hospital for a service with the time to care.
My question to you is, do you want a sticking plaster, a quick fix? Or a long term solution to a problem which affects a quarter of the population and has a direct impact on society as a whole? It is time mental health stopped being the poor relation, stopped being a gimmick wheeled out to get votes, and started getting the long term investment patients need to benefit everyone... So my challenge to you is, stop the rhetoric and platitudes, talk to the people who live with it everyday, and help.
With electioneering in full swing, I am a frustrated voter. Not because of the endless talk of the deficit, austerity and immigration, but because while the NHS and healthcare feature in pretty much every political debate, by comparison social care is the poor relation.
Just why do doctors retire early? After all the role of a doctor, to all outward appearance, would seem to be one to die for. There's the prestige to start with. And the money's not bad. The hours have certainly improved since the removal of 24 hour responsibility for patients in 2004...
In all the pre-election excitement/apathy/hype/horror (make your own selection and delete as appropriate) I have a novel idea for politicians of all parties everywhere. Promise, if elected, to do as little as possible. I'm convinced it's a winner.
With the launch of general election manifestos this week, many were hoping to see the parties firmly committing to invest in a chronically underfunded social care system. But, sadly, no major party has made a commitment to invest in social care.
It's less than three weeks to go until the General Election. Whatever your political views I think we all agree that these are interesting times as we use our vote to influence what happens over the next five years. For bowel cancer, we see the new Parliament as an opportunity to say loud and clear that we must save and improve lives by setting out within that time frame the significant steps we need to take to beat bowel cancer.
This campaign makes me both happy and sad. Happy because, as much as you hate us, immigration and immigrants are the reality of globalisation. Sad because you have systematically vilified us. The fact that we need such a campaign in this day and age speaks volumes about your divisive politics.
On Tuesday we launched the Green Party of England and Wales 2015 general election manifesto: 'For the Common Good'. It is shaped by our vision of a future Britain, and our principles and values which say that no one in this, the world's sixth richest economy, should fear not being able to put food on table, or pay the bills that keep a roof over their head. It is shaped by a politics founded in humanity. We want to create a Britain that cares. But it is also based on a fundamental principle that the other parties deny and ignore: the need for us to build a stable and sustainable society that protects our planet now and for future generations.
With mental illness costing our economy over £100 billion pounds a year and millions of lives put on hold because there isn't the right support, we desperately need to accelerate the pace of change. That's why mental health must become a key issue in this election campaign, and I'm proud to be able to say that the Lib Dems have thrown down the gauntlet. To keep on delivering a stronger economy and a fairer society, mental health has to take centre stage.
On April 24th the Apple Watch officially goes on sale. I believe it is a game-changer for the wearables market and also for the nation's health. Let me explain why.
Increasing NHS funding by £3billion, £8billion, £Xbillion - lovely. But where is it going to be spent? Will it be a repeat of the winter pressures funding where hardly any actually got to struggling A&E departments and GP surgeries? Another round of reorganisation will soak the whole lot up.
Once someone has exhausted the over-the-counter options, it can be a difficult decision to go to the doctor to ask for something different. It shouldn't be. Pain deserves to be managed as well as any other symptom of a condition, but there seems to be far more judgement intrinsically linked.
Over the last century, there have been periods during which one set of commonly accepted values in British politics is replaced by another. This occur...
Today the Overseas Development Institute are releasing a report called 'Financing the Future' which shows that free basic universal healthcare would cost $74 billion a year to deliver in the 33 poorest countries - equivalent to just 4% of total bailout support provided to the banks by the UK Government.