For there can be no doubt: our health service is in crisis. Waiting lists for treatments have surpassed four million for the first time in a decade, thousands are waiting too long for cancer check-ups and millions are waiting too long in A&E.
It's now a little over a decade since Steve Jobs stepped confidently onto a stage in California and projected the world into the smartphone era. Ever since, there's been no shortage of debate about the implications of our ever more connected, always-on digital lifestyles. Technology now governs every aspect of our lives: how we shop, how we work, how we play, even how we vote, have all been transformed by the march of digital. It's brought risk, as well as benefits, not least in its impact on our mental health. But what can't be disputed is its overwhelming power to disrupt traditional ways of working and create new possibilities for consumers.
While Theresa May toured the TV studios during the General Election campaigning promising to deliver a fairer society, her Health Ministers were hard at work drawing up a new hit list of fourteen areas across the country which will face a fresh round of NHS cuts.
In Challenging Times, Creating A Supportive Working Environment For NHS Staff Matters More Than Ever
Whilst the challenges facing the NHS are complex and multi-faceted, creating a safe and supportive working environment to harness the energy and creativity of its staff is essential. First and foremost, we have a duty of care to our patients, but we also need to remember that we have a duty of care for each other.
For someone who has spent the last decade of my life preparing for this, I don't feel terribly ready - but I imagine that's how most people feel when they go on the wards for the first time. I also know there will be a bunch of very experienced, and as I have found out, very supportive and kind doctors who will be able to make sure I get it right. Being a doctor isn't about being a superhero - it's about working with a team of other incredible healthcare workers, from nurses to physiotherapists, doctors to receptionists, to help your patient.
It was Nelson Mandela who told us: "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." If that great man was right, then our country is in a great deal of difficulty. The state of children's health in the UK, and in England in particular, should be a matter for profound concern and concerted action. Sadly under Theresa May's government is isn't.
Our figures released today show that for the first time in recent years, more nurses and midwives are leaving our register than joining, with a noticeable increase in the number of UK trained nurses leaving our register... While it is widely acknowledged that the nursing and midwifery profession is an ageing workforce, what is of particular alarm is that the rate of leaving is increasing among nurses and midwives under the age of 40.
The stakes could not be higher. In the long term this is the only hope the NHS has of being able to meet the great health challenges facing our nation today, while managing demand and paying proper salaries to the NHS workers all of us depend on.
This Friday 12 May is Nurses' Day, marking the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. It's a time to pay tribute to the UK's 700,000 brilliant nurses and the role they play in keeping all of us safe and well cared for during our times of need.
More than 10 months after the referendum, it is clear the promise of Tory Leavers to boost NHS funding has evaporated. All we are left with is their record. David Davis backing job cuts and an end to vital free operations. Liam Fox calling for an end to the ring-fencing of NHS spending, meaning brutal cuts that would hit patients. Boris Johnson saying that people should have to pay a fee just to see their GP. At this election, it is vital that these hard Brexit Tories are held accountable.