Last week my partner gave birth to our daughter in our living room - the culmination of a pregnancy that was extraordinary only because we received the highest quality of personalised care - all from the NHS.
"Just keep having lots of sex with your husband!", the doctor told me in a bright voice. This was her advice when I went to see her to talk about wanting to get pregnant. What was especially irritating about her instruction - besides the obvious fact that for many women, "lots of sex" isn't enough to impregnate them - is that I have a wife, not a husband.
Did sparks fly in households across south Bristol when it emerged that three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) - NHS
For many midwives working on the front line, the latest figures revealing that maternity wards in England were forced to close 382 times in 2016 will come as no surprise. During the 33 years that I was a midwife, sadly, I also saw many maternity units close and it's extremely worrying to see that it's still happening.
As leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable has an opportunity to re-brand the party. He will be starting with a clean slate and can carve out distinctive new policies. During the election, I left the Conservatives and joined the Liberal Democrats, but a lot of my friends, and people I talk to, are confused about what the party stands for.
Five More Tory Years Could Crush The NHS - The Greens Will Push For A Health Service Fit For The Future
Our NHS is truly in a crisis. Despite the best efforts of our amazing healthcare professionals, patients are now bearing the brunt of hospital closures, longer waiting times and bed shortages. The marketisation of healthcare by successive Governments has left us with a fragmented NHS, and consistent underfunding from the Tories has left services under immense pressure.
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.
Children's audiology may not be at the top of the political agenda but mandatory inspections of quality are absolutely essential. This simple change could make a huge difference to ensuring thousands of deaf children get the right support, right from the start.
Prior virtual reality stress training might well have helped staff in that case. Every day, NHS workers face rapidly-evolving situations requiring split-second decision-making. It is no wonder so many television dramas are set in hospitals; A&E wards and mental health units, as they are by their very nature, sites of drama, tension and urgency.
My cancer has made me a more anxious person, compared to the incredibly confident young woman I was before. Nothing ever worried me. Now I get upset easier. I've had a big reality check. But I'm working, I'm living my life, and as you read this I'll be fulfilling a lifelong dream by travelling around Asia for three months with my best friend. This is what I should have been doing when I left university. This is why I've been so frustrated.