To the NHS, I hope this finds you well. I know you've had some bad press of late so I just wanted to see you how you're feeling and let you know that despite your troubles, I'm still your number one fan.
We often hear that some nurses are short of compassion, but for the overwhelming majority of the profession, this is simply not true and there is certainly no evidence that shows that this is the problem underlying current concerns about quality. We do however have ample evidence that they are often short of time, compromising their ability both to show that compassion and to maintain safety. Safe staffing is not an optional extra.
What is disgusting is that my sister is 25-years-old and many days she runs a ward by herself with a registrar or consultant to contact if she needs help with particularly unwell people. That is an enormous amount of stress to put onto a young person and an enormous amount of responsibility...
Barts Health Trust has been put into special measures after a damning report by the health service regulator. But what is meant by special measures, and what does this mean for the East London Hospitals that are run by Barts?
I'd therefore urge people like the health minister, Dr Dan Poulter, to think more deeply about this issue. It might be that you reach a different moral conclusion to the one I've described here. However, wherever your ethical reasoning takes you, I hope you will be able to avoid a post-hoc rationalisation.
Last week Sir John Oldham published his long awaited report on health policy for the Labour Party. In his foreword Sir John describes one of the key political challenge of successful reform...
The credibility of the hospital standardised mortality ratio (HSMR) as a method to measure the performance of NHS hospitals has come under attack.