I have heard both Miliband and Cameron talk of stopping the day to day political meddling in the affairs of the health service, in Miliband's case this was shortly before he decided instead to 'weaponise' it, but neither of the main parties has ever taken a serious step towards this end.
As a receptionist by day and a comedian by night, it's always good to get a story from the office that people can relate to. I'm currently in the middle of writing my second solo hour show and I've been putting together some of my most memorable day jobs over the last couple of years.
Being in any healthcare environment for any reason can feel disempowering for a patient. Effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients can help build trusting relationships, improve patient outcomes and patients' experiences.
Good managers are not administrators, they are dynamic individuals adept at problem solving and organisation. The colour of their suits and their gender varies, but this has no bearing on their ability to successfully manage our healthcare system.
In 2008, while sitting in opposition at the House of Commons, Tory leader David Cameron goaded then prime minister Gordon Brown about an unwillingness to agree to pre-election television debates.
Every patient has a responsibility to safeguard their own health. There are a million ways to find out how to do this, but the NHS cannot enforce healthy living. Ultimately it is the responsibility of each individual. Ignoring the advice on weight, alcohol, smoking, and exercise is no longer an option. In order to continue providing a basic service, tough funding decisions have to be made. It is not only a small group of patients - drug users, alcoholics, whoever you deem it to be - who drain NHS resources; it is all of us by our actions every day.
Too often, eating disorders in men is taken less seriously and 'novel' given the ratio between men and women suffering meaning men are the minority. Men suffering who are clearly isolated and marginalised need not have their gender questioned or jokes made about their non-existent periods.
Meningococcal B infection has for decades been the single largest cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK, and a leading cause of death and disability in young children. It is feared by parents and health professionals alike because it is difficult to diagnose, strikes without warning and can kill a healthy child within hours. Prevention is key
We need to get things right because we are accountable directly to the human being in front of us. We deal with the individual on a personal level.
Relegating the four-hour target in importance and looking across a richer set of indicators like these could be an important way forward. But doing this will mean moving away from the weekly fix of headlines about hospitals 'underperforming' or, alternatively, meeting the target. Are politicians brave enough to go cold turkey on the totemic four-hour A&E target?
There is however a large number of people whose symptoms of anxiety and depression are caused by a myriad of other factors and for whom CBT is not necessarily the panacea it is sometimes promised to be.
From January 2013 to December 2014 people with Parkinson's were subject to over 3,300 avoidable medication errors in hospitals across England. Almost 600 of these caused discernible harm including increased pain, severe rigidity and hallucinations.
I believe wholeheartedly in consultation, engagement, empowerment, and ownership. But not as just buzz words to drop into meetings. Rather, I believe in what these words stand for at their best: genuine conversations between practitioners, partners, patients, policy makers and even politicians; shared insights into what works and what needs work; and a commitment to agreeing and delivering change, and all that that entails.
Whistleblowing can be discouraged in subtle ways to do with working culture in an organisation: Fear of being exposed as a 'grass' or not a team player. All these can chill a career and make a working life hell on earth.
Much as City firms have benefited significantly from developing innovative flexible working schemes to attract and retain talented staff, it strikes me that a solution that could go a long way in addressing GP recruitment issues is actually to encourage more flexible working, for both sexes, not to try and restrict it.
It is surprising that the Conservative MP Andrew Lansley, who was removed from his role as health secretary in Britain after such a disastrous tenure, is David Cameron's top choice for a role will be dealing with such an intimidating to-do list.