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.
Some correspondents were concerned about my ministerial team, worried that the 50:50 gender split I had just announced had seen some women promoted beyond their capability. How can you be sure, some wondered, that the female cabinet secretaries are up to the job? Interestingly, none of the correspondence asked me whether the men installed in Cabinet posts were good enough.
Here in Britain too, progress has been too slow. A hundred years on the pay gap is still far too wide, violence towards young women is increasing, and women are being harder hit by this government's policies. That's why International Womens Day matters more than ever. And here in Britain, its also why women need to be at the heart of our politics and the General Election.
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.
Our campaign is one led by women most affected by the ongoing austerity which is tearing families from their homes and making countless people street-homeless. We are directly challenging our Labour council and the wider government. We're angry, organised and are demanding change!
When Ebola struck it was our women who were hit first and worst. Women are the traditional caregivers in our communities, so when people got sick, it was the mothers, sisters, aunties and grandmothers who tended them, often paying the ultimate price.
We need to ensure that women have equal status in the workplace through equal pay, equal access to work in non- traditional areas, to top jobs and equal standing. But there is no quick fix. To smash through this glass ceiling we need to start with the foundations... We need to look to the inspirational women of the past.
All those years in Downing Street may have cramped David Cameron's style. Maybe that's why he's shying away from a decent TV debate head-to-head with Ed Miliband. It's the prime minister's hands that reveal a secret he wouldn't want voters in the 2015 general election to know about: that five years in the job is starting to get to him.
Let's change the narrative. We fought side by side during WWII, we are close allies in Nato and partners in the EU, we are "Europeans", people who believe in the same values, friends and neighbours. It is true that each local authority in England must have experienced change because of immigration. Local circumstances, tensions or problems cannot be ignored. But let us try and think how to integrate migrants better.
Providing humanitarian aid in conflict zones can mean having to negotiate access to areas where proscribed groups operate. This poses a risk that can lead to prosecution under UK counter-terrorism laws.
I want my voice to be heard, but not only my voice, but that of my peers. So often it is translated that the millennial generation does not engage with politics, but I personally think it is better described as politics doesn't engage with us.
Cameron clearly thinks that he will come out of the debates worse off. This is probably a fair assumption. However, it is only contributing to a wider problem. Successful televised debates are more likely to engage young voters - something which the Tories don't seem to want to do.
How expensive are house prices now for first time buyers? It can be a difficult question to answer, but we've calculated that the average house price in England is £76,873 or 38.8% more than it should be. And that's only for the increasingly small group that can still afford to buy a home.
Gordon Brown's final act as a backbench MP might be to pull off another rescue mission for an organisation saddled with the consequences of its financial shenanigans. This time his quest is to rescue Tesco.
The average hourly rate received by nurseries is £3.80 per child per hour, though this varies between local authority areas. That doesn't cover the cost of providing the high-quality care that's expected of them - and it hasn't done for years.
Teenagers do care about politics, but confidence in their ability to discuss political issues needs to be nurtured. So instead of simply waiting for them to grow up, we need to create an environment in which politics is accessible, and political discussion is normal.