Having depression myself, I know how it feels to feel isolated, alone and like nobody understands and sometimes this can feel like this case, however the good news is more people are coming forward to share their stories with Mental Health and this week, Mental Health Awareness Week has proved that, I have been ever so glad!
As bad systems beget bad systems, good systems beget good systems - that's just the way it is. It is too late for the likes of poor Baby P, but we CAN seek to protect other children who are at risk by supporting MPs who promote this essential state-of-the-art, MIS-powered Super Hospital system model.
It is completely OUT OF ORDER that our hospitals, a place that should be a champion of health and well being, a place that should be the first to educate the masses and promote healthy eating and conscious living, are encouraging the consumption of the very things that cause a large number of the diseases they are treating in the first place.
I look forward to a time where examples such as this are the norm, rather than best-practice case studies. I firmly believe that day will come, and when it does I have no doubt that we will not only have witnessed significant improvements in patient safety but also significant cost reductions for the NHS.
The Conservatives are offering a referendum on Europe because they are scared of Ukip. The Labour Party is concerned about immigration because they too are scared of Ukip. It is this effect where Ukip can affect the political and social agenda.
This week, like every other, about 20 women from Northern Ireland will travel to the mainland for an abortion. Unlike women in the rest of the UK, they are not entitled to have their procedure funded by the NHS so they'll have to pay for treatment themselves. They come because the law governing abortion in Northern Ireland is incredibly restrictive. Women, and anyone helping them to abort a pregnancy, face life in prison unless a woman's life is in danger or the pregnancy poses a 'real and serious, permanent or long-term' risk to her health.
It's the single question that will decide which side of decency the UK Independence Party fall on; are they a racist party? Whilst UKIP's opponents are right to ask, there is a danger that UKIP will succeed or fail solely on the outcome of this question.
IBS needs to be discussed openly, honestly and with no holds barred. It needs to be looked at in the wider context of what stressful lives and high sugar and processed diets are doing to the human body.
Cutbacks are having a detrimental effect on people's recovery or adjusting to living with mental health conditions, why are they making it even harder to get to facilities and get the help?
GPs have been challenged to improve access to NHS services, with new pilot schemes looking set to give patients alternative ways to consult with their local doctor.
Fat people need to wake up and take responsibility for their weight and stop expecting the NHS to fund surgery for what is arguably needed because of their own lazy lifestyle.
Clinical medicine is fairly black and white as I'm sure many of you would agree. If I were to treat a patient diagnosed with a myocardial infarction in Asia, Europe or America I would certainly initiate aspirin (among other cardiac meds) in all cases. Why? Because the evidence for its benefit is global.
Girls and boys enter puberty ill prepared by parents or schools, and then turn to peers in the playground or the internet for advice. And we wonder why our rates of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy are among the highest in Europe.
Of course the NHS needs reform. Corruption, where it appears, must be rooted out. No one argues against that. And no, I don't have any answers. But I know is this: we must protect what's left of the NHS. Protect it against the encroachment of hedge funds; cease selling our medical data to private companies so that they can make products to sell back to us.
The UK has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the developed world and at least 1 third of stillbirths are related to fetal growth restriction. At least 10% of all babies born are growth restricted.
Thankfully, steady and on-going medical advances means that the prognosis for people who suffer a serious brain injury - for example from a traffic or sports accident - is significantly better now than 20 years ago.