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Let's Start Supporting GPs Instead of Knocking Them

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

Quite simply, demand outstrips supply not just in hospitals, but also in general practice. And with A&E and hospitals full, patients are increasingly returned to general practices that are handling more and more complex consultations with fewer resources.

Why the Biggest Tits on Show Are the Ones Reporting the No More Page 3 Story

Jenny Laville | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Laville

No more sexism, that's chuffing marvellous, although I suspect what the reporter was actually saying is, yes there's no more page 3, and it was all our idea. Feminists don't go thinking you're clever, you have achieved nothing, so there's no point trying to change anything else.

Yes, Treating Stage IV Cancer Patients is Worth NHS Money

Heather Lawrence | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Heather Lawrence

What we are now seeing, perhaps as an unnerving symptom of the Coalition's austerity drive as it continues to look for ways to reduce the deficit, is a question mark over whether treating cancer patients who can't be cured is worth the money.

Taking a Holiday Is the Best Way to Get English Regions Working

Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE

Of the 29 million trips made to England by overseas visitors, just 12 percent are to the north. Not only are these tourists missing out on some of most stunning landscapes and hippest cites in the world, but our regional economies are also suffering with England's £106bn tourism industry dominated by London.

Would You Support a Mayor's Strike Busting Transport Reserve?

Ivan Massow | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

TfL already does something similar to a reserve, staffing its tube stations using 'ambassadors' when strikes are on. But why not go one step further and use ordinary Londoners to help TFL run its services during disputes?

New Infrastructure Bill Puts UK Climate Ambition at Risk

Kyla Mandel | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

The UK's climate change ambition will be in serious jeopardy once the Infrastructure Bill is passed into law. If that's not worrying enough, barely anyone seems to be taking notice.

Shoes and The News

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

I don't know how to handle the overwhelming heartache I feel when I read the news about the tragedies in Paris and Nigeria. All I know is to take it day by day by doing even the smallest thing I can to help humanity.

Five Consumer Themes to Watch in 2015

Matthew Oakley | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Matthew Oakley

Overall consumers had much to be positive about in 2014 and the start of 2015 has seen both consumers in their strongest position since our tracking began and continued signs of easing inflationary pressure (particularly on essentials). But that doesn't mean that there are not challenges ahead...

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

Can't Leave the House? Can't Get a Job

Dame Martina Milburn | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dame Martina Milburn

The list of things which can go wrong in a young person's life is a long and ugly one. From a troubled home life featuring violence or emotional abuse, to bullying, health problems or being the caregiver for family members; young people are often carrying more than just the burden of growing up.

A Rabbi Reassures His Community Post-Paris

Jonathan Romain | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Jonathan Romain

The members of my synagogue are worried. What if the attack had not been in Paris but in London? Not on Charlie Hebdo, but on Private Eye? Not on a kosher supermarket over there, but one over here? Is it still safe to go to synagogue and to send our children to the Religion School, or is it better to stay away and keep our heads down? How do I help them understand the dreadful events over the last few days, and what should be our response. This is my open letter to them.

I Definitely Do - Why You Should Only Buy Fairtrade Gold

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

It is one of the great scandals of our time that in 2014 small-scale miners of such a precious metal should work in appalling, dangerous conditions for less than $1 a day. Because that is the sad truth hidden away deep underground.

Have Larks in the Parks of London

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

When you think of visiting London you might imagine high-rise buildings like The Shard and The Gherkin, shopping areas like Oxford Street and Westfield or busy tourist attractions like The Tower of London or Buckingham Palace.

Disillusioned, Embittered but Not Afraid: The UK's Thinning Blue Line Brace Themselves for Armageddon.

Chris Hobbs | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Chris Hobbs

There is little doubt, as has been made abundantly clear by the head of MI5 Andrew Parker, that the UK will suffer terrorist attacks in the future. The major difference however is that unlike France, terrorists in the UK will be faced by a largely unarmed police force which, in many parts of the country, could pose serious problems.

Nufolo

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK
Philip Christopher Baldwin

Nufolo was orphaned by HIV and AIDS and was taken in by his aunt. However, instead of entering the loving environment that he craved, Nufolo was treated like a domestic slave and abused.

So What Have Politicians Done for the UK End FGM Campaign In 2014?

Hilary Burrage | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

In 2015 could the emerging FGM Unit please find some serious longer term money, tighten up the loose ends and tell us who is ultimately in charge? Then there'll be a decent chance FGM will end in Britain.

Weather and Wildlife in Wales - 2014

Gwen Potter | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Gwen Potter

Pretty much every beach had some birds washed up. At Ashridge, one of the oldest beeches fell along with hundreds of other trees. Some of our ancient and veteran trees succumbed in quite spectacular ways, with their sheer size meaning their falls resulted in a domino effect, the aftermath of which we are still dealing with in some places.

GP Pay - The Elephant in the Room

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Would you turn down a £20,000 Golden Hello to move to a part of the country that was recruiting for your job? If it were a newspaper that were short of journalists, I wonder would the writers of these articles stand on their high morals and ignore such an offer? I often want to ask the people who complain about our pay, what they think a GP should earn? What is an acceptable income to them? After all, I'm frequently reminded they pay my wages. Patients feel entitled to question my pay, and have done so in consultations. I am so taken aback by this, I am never able to answer them properly. Perhaps at the end of the consultation I should ask if they feel I have earned my pay for that particular 10 minutes? Did they get the antibiotics they wanted for their cold? Or if not, should I hand them a cheque as they leave?

Media Take Note - Boxing Day Hunts: Tradition Is No Excuse for Cruelty

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

It's that time of year again, bellies full, another re-run of Only Fools and Horses on the telly and the annual media scramble around picturesque chocolate box villages up and down the country to report on the 'traditional' Boxing Day hunts, to marvel in the spectre of the noble red coats on their trusty steeds, at the well-groomed packs of hounds and crowds of good country folk celebrating an age old British tradition.

The Forgetting

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

Nawfal is a gentle little boy. In a crowd of rowdy children, he stands back and quietly observes. He doesn't say much. But I promise you: If you had seen him that day, and if you had the courage to look into his eyes, you would cry just as I did when I got home. I wish you could have seen his eyes and sensed his defeat.

You Won't Believe How Much I Downloaded This Month

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Tech

We have a problem, and it's only getting worse. This problem happens almost every day and stops you doing things from making calls, sending emails to ...

Peshawar School Attack - Violence Breeds Violence

Dilly Hussain | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Whilst there is absolutely no justification for the killing of women and children in Islam, Muslim leaders have made the all-too-common mistake of apologising and condemning a crime which was not carried out in the name of religion. Rather, the unfortunate event that occurred was as a result of an ongoing cycle of violence that began in 2001.

Keeping the Christmas Spirit

Canon J.John | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Canon J.John

Forgiving may seem marginal to the seasonal celebrations but if it isn't done then any Christmas spirit is going to be contaminated and you may find that (pun intended) your past poisons your present.

A Cycling Revolution

Rae Duke | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Duke

My journey into this flourishing two-wheeled world was certainly eye opening. There is a whole cycling scene that I simply had no idea existed. Lets kick off with 'Critical Mass'. Who knew that on the last Friday of every month hundreds of cyclists meet under Waterloo bridge for a "self-organized, non-commercial, celebration, spontaneous gathering

The NHS Frontline - The Reality of Mental Health Services

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

This is the reality of a lack of funding for mental health. The over-burdened services, pared down to the bone. There are no beds left, there is little access to counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy... All I have to offer is a listening ear. That, and a tissue.