Everything is topped off by the underhand tactics so engrained within politics. Tarnishing attacks, sensationalism and headline chasing seem to be the virtues with which policy is created. Currently it seems the vilified, vocation lacking and selfish doctor is the only hurdle to the perfect healthcare system. However, when you assimilate the information and understand the ulterior motives, it is quite apparent the exact opposite is true.
The beginning of the year heralds transformative resolutions and fresh starts, but for the social care sector, there is no new deal. Social care professionals need to remain steadfast in their resolve to deliver high quality care amid straitened circumstances.
Time is running short for the health service. So take it from an expat who has spent half her life over there, and the other half over here. Don't accept the Americanisation of your NHS, your greatest achievement. Don't eat the fries.
Junior doctors. We're everywhere these days, bleating and moaning about Jeremy Hunt and unfair this and unsafe that. I've made it my business to bleat and moan recently; but believe me I'd prefer not to have to. So what's riled us up so much? Could it be that the new contract the government is proposing is an absolute joke?
Student nurses are not asking for special treatment. We are asking for fair treatment, something that has not been granted to our registered counterparts... Thank you, Mr Osborne, for mobilising this demoralised workforce, and reminding us to care about ourselves as much as we do our patients.
I am a doctor, trained for 10 years, highly qualified. But I wouldn't be half the doctor I am today without nurses. From my first days on the wards as a medical student, with no idea about the human body, nurses have helped me. To a few days ago when I didn't know which dressing was best to put on a leg wound, nurses have helped me. This is a small, unworthy tribute to all the hard working nurses in the NHS. It involves a lot of cups of tea...
The news last month that a single NHS Trust failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people since 2011 (as revealed in a report ...
Yes, I'm going to drink more in January, to send out my own message. Which is that 2016 should be the swansong of days, weeks and months of the year being appropriated for awareness of this cause or that.
What a grim year 2015 was. A new Government (same Health Secretary); a new vision for the NHS (same money). But let's not dwell - new year, new start!...
New year's resolutions were always tough for me. They were my starting point by which I sought to lose weight, become a "better anorexic" and seek new diet which would get me to a lower weight if the current method hadn't got me low enough.
Problem drinking is never just about alcohol. Drinking is often a crutch for other underlying factors. Mental health issues, low self-esteem and stress can drive people to consume alcohol to a harmful degree in the first place.
Since being appointed as a shadow health minister in September I have been keen to spend some time on the front line to see what life is really like for hard-pressed NHS staff. So I recently spent a night shadowing an emergency medicine consultant at the Countess of Chester hospital... Until you are actually there it is difficult to comprehend just how relentless the job is. Staff were working at full tilt and the nature of the work was such that they could never catch up with the demand - even when 'it's not that bad for a Saturday night'.
The past year has been a positive one for mental health, £600 million worth of investment for young people's mental health services but there are still major issues effecting the recovery of many sufferers. So here's my five step plan for 2016 and why I believe it will be the year of change for mental health.
On the 28th of November this year, I underwent a sleeve gastrectomy, a type of bariatric surgery where 85% of my stomach was removed, leaving what is known as a gastric sleeve.
The health and social care systems in this country are inextricably linked yet continue to receive differing levels of attention from government.
Kate's story shows just how important it is for commissioners and service-providers to do their best to help people who are approaching the end of life to stay out of hospital. They can save on costs and beds in a severely over-stretched NHS - and most importantly, they can help make it possible for dying people to be cared for in the place they want to be.