Recent reports have revealed that intake of new blood donors in Britain is down by a massive 40%. While news outlets speculate that a year's deferral for people with new tattoos and piercings is to blame, I'd contest that a bigger reason for the shortfall is the yearly ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men (MSM).
I often maintain, that the greatest long-term threat to our National Health Service comes not from the usual range of suspects people would immediately think of, but from diabetes and obesity...
Despite all their endless rhetoric about "saving" the NHS during the general election last month, Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems are now preparing to throw this cherished institution to the chomping wolves of avaricious American corporations. Nye Bevan, the founding father of the NHS, must be turning in his grave.
It has not yet been a month since the General Election and only a week has passed since the Queen's speech. Yet the reality of things to come under a Conservative majority government is already clear and it's the future of our NHS that concerns me the most.
I might be able to walk down the aisle with my partner should I so wish, or start a family thanks to equal adoption laws, but give blood? Well, no, my blood simply isn't welcome at my local drop-in service, thank you very much. However, it is very much needed. My crime? Being gay.
In 2012 Parliament enshrined in law the principle of parity of esteem between mental and physical health. This means that people must have the same access to NICE-recommended treatments whether their health problem is mental or physical. We are nowhere near that position now.
The first six months of this new Government's term will therefore be crucial in shaping the country's ability to support and treat breast cancer patients, and we look forward with much hope to the outcomes, the commitments and, eventually, the fruit of this work.
In the UK, NHS staffing is at the top of the news agenda with the reliance on agency staff as a result of NHS shortages making the headlines. Health worker shortages are not just an issue for the UK however. Globally we are short of 7.2million. This is more than just a shortage - this is a crisis.
So what Mr Cameron should have said was this: 'We can have, where clinically-appropriate and fully resourced, a truly seven-day NHS, assuming, of course, we can ensure that staff are fairly rewarded and also fully involved in designing the specific services that patients actually require, and desire, all week-round'.
David Cameron may have promised to deliver a seven-day NHS, but how is that going to work? They didn't have a plan to fund this policy at the time they announced it (as Labour pointed out) and they still don't seem to have a plan now. As if that's not damaging enough to the government's credibility, let's also bear in mind that Cameron made the exact same promise during a General Election campaign five years ago. Look how that turned out. Now that the Tories have a governing majority it's time for them to get behind their campaign slogans and get a grip on the crisis our GP surgeries are now facing.
For years, retailers have been heavily investing in their e-commerce platforms to help them increase margins, improve services and widen their offering. Today, the average pushed-for-time family wouldn't hesitate to buy their groceries online and we all use Amazon to buy - well, everything.
I am a typical NHS GP so let's start by getting something straight about the latest article in the national press about how useless I am at diagnosing cancer. No adult ever attends my surgery without a potential diagnosis of cancer being at the forefront of my mind. Every pain is cancer. Every cough is cancer. Every lump is cancer. Likewise every chest pain is a heart attack. Every childhood rash is meningitis. I defer to the worst case scenario for everyone and everything I see.
Why have physician associates when we already have practice nurses and advanced nurse practitioners - a feature that doesn't appear on the US primary care physician landscape? Creating yet another new position, is a distraction which we can ill-afford...
Earlier this month, David Cameron set out his plan for a 7 day NHS, focused on both primary and secondary care delivery, with: 'key decision makers be...
There is one story dominating healthcare headlines right now - the government's pledge to deliver "a truly seven-day NHS". It's a commitment we all welcome in principle, but with dwindling GP numbers, tight budgets and concerns over existing primary and secondary care workloads, it has prompted a collective eyebrow raise and the question, 'how'?
I honestly do not know what is going to happen to NHS General Practice in the UK. What is even more worrying is that neither do my colleagues, both high and low, ivory tower or coal face, working or retired.