Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has said that he is firmly against "purely cosmetic work" being paid for by the NHS, when his department is being asked to slash £20 billion from its budget. This has been seen as a popular move by many - an easy win for the Government - but is frankly an overly simplistic position, which achieves little more that political points scoring and misses many critical points.
Perhaps the conservatives will soon realise that the increase in depression in children, teenagers and adults is something that needs addressing and the support through NHS counselling should be in place, rather than forcing the support, it should be offered without long, unnecessary waiting lists.
I welcome Simon Steven's swift action on diversity. But let's not resort to handwringing instead of taking action. This is a serious issue that requires our full focus. Not something we should think about if we've got a spare moment.
In 2010, the billboards promised us that the Tories would cut the deficit and not the NHS. Now, less than a year out from the General election, the NHS is once again the main talking point.
It is vital that UK students are aware that there is a new freely available Meningitis C booster, which they need before they head off to university... New students are at increased risk of encountering the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease because they are often living in busy halls of residence and in close contact with other new students during fresher's week.
Depression reduces your length of life as much as smoking does... pay for more psychological therapy and it will cost you nothing because of the savings on physical healthcare. The finances of healthcare actually improve through spending more on therapy.
New figures out today show that just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor - but this figure rises to 95% when they know the decision.
The cost of doing nothing or simply settling for gradual change runs to billions of pounds, but the real cost is measured in human misery, misery for want of determination to act on the evidence.
The concept is welcome, but it has its doubters. Can such patients really be identified? Won't identifying them and paying more attention to their care just highlight more reasons they need to go to A&E? Won't this simply shift pressure from A&E departments to GP practices?
I am an apologist for general practice. There, I have declared my bias. Despite having been a GP for over 30 years I remain in awe of my colleagues and the way that they continue to carry out an incredibly difficult job in an increasingly onerous environment. Almost without question, all my peers entered a career in medicine driven by a vocation to help their fellow man...
Of the countries that remain in the World Cup, I'd be surprised if any has a manager who decided that the best way to get his players to perform was to leave them despondent...
Many Young people have described the bullying they have been subjected to or the different treatment that have received from other pupils, and the seemingly lack of understanding from teachers. Some mental health sufferers described being treated with less expectation and put into lower classes because of their mental illness.
Recently, I found myself quite ill, but the treatment I received was genuinely second to none. It made me give thanks to the memory of Aneurin Bevan. Alright, the food may not have been to the standard of that dished up by Nuno Mendes. But then again you wouldn't expect it to be.
We need more community services that those people can access directly for advice, treatment and help with managing their own condition. These services prevent people from having a flare-up of their condition that might require a hospital admission, so it is frustrating that many people across the country do not have access to them.
I'm writing in response to this Daily Mail article. This is just populist Jeremy Hunt spin....with a nice little dig at the NHS while he is at it...
A change in our society's attitude towards people with a learning disability would be a positive change for society in general. However, we all have to work together to achieve this. It's for this reason, that during this Learning Disability Week, we want to show that a person with a learning disability can have the same firsts as anybody else. All we need now is for everyone to listen.