It is no doubt not a huge surprise when I say that the NHS is stretched. Coming from the NHS myself I appreciate that it does its job to the best it c...
Most importantly, the priority of each and every plan has to be on improving care, not cutting it to save on the budget. The plans must not become an inadequate response to the crisis of the long-term underfunding of health and social care. The last thing we want to see is the government using these transformation plans as a cover for further starving services of resource and patients of care.
Last week, the UK government confirmed legislation for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, which is set to begin from April 2018. While some are sceptica...
Integrating health and social care make sense. In an ideal world it should mean people spend less time being passed between acute, community and social care services (based on their immediate "need") and ultimately get to spend more time within their own communities and in their own homes. It also makes financial sense in terms of managing demand for expensive hospital beds and services and keeping overall costs down.
Ultimately, my question is this: Can someone be proud of something that undoubtedly hinders them? Of course cerebral palsy has made me more resilient and shaped my personality. I would be a very different person without it, but applying Darwinian theory, if there was a fire and I was without an assistant, CP could only be a hindrance.
When I was first able to talk to my mother after her surgery, she said, fighting back the tears: "I just couldn't stop thinking about not seeing my children and grandchildren again." For so many people, that painful thought becomes a reality. A reality that in many cases can be easily avoided.
I would not advocate privatising the NHS or trying to charge people for its services. There is little to be gained and much to be lost. There is no perfect health system on this planet and the NHS is the UK's own grand version of an imperfect system.
American author P J O'Rourke once said: "if the NHS is brilliant, wonderful and a national treasure, why is every [political] party promising to fix it?" The point that O'Rourke misses is that the National Health Service is deeply ingrained into our culture, and does not (always) take kindly to criticism and some political leaders have even threatened to 'weaponize' it (whatever that means.
Maybe you know something innovative that your local GP or hospital is doing to make healthcare better. If you do, don't keep it to yourself - let the Academy know, and spread some seasonal cheer.
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.
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...