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No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

Every few weeks someone pops up and says that politics – and politicians – need to be taken out of the NHS. The person proposing this change usually argues one or two things: first, that the NHS has become ‘a political football’, and being subject to the whims of politicians […]

by × March 16, 2017 ×

Health, Health & Environment

You’re all wrong: A bigger NHS budget won’t solve the crisis in delayed discharge. This will.

You’re all wrong: A bigger NHS budget won’t solve the crisis in delayed discharge. This will.

‘Medical outliers’, ‘medically fit’, ‘bed blockers’. These are all terms to describe the same problem: patients who are ready to leave hospital but can’t because the right social care package is not in place. The problem has been described over and over again, for decades. One of my first memories […]

by × January 13, 2017 ×

Health, Health & Environment

Give failing NHS Trusts more freedom to innovate: ‘Academy Trusts’

Give failing NHS Trusts more freedom to innovate: ‘Academy Trusts’

The NHS needs reform, renewal and innovation The NHS is in a mess. As a structure it is failing to keep up with the growing and changing demands of the country, including an aging population. More money is poured in every year – yes, the NHS budget is rising – […]

by × September 15, 2016 ×

Health, News

Junior doctors strike: Putting patients at  risk to advance their cause is despicable

Junior doctors strike: Putting patients at
risk to advance their cause is despicable

This week the BMA announced a series of junior doctors’ strikes on a much bigger scale than we have seen so far during the dispute. This time there will be five consecutive days of all out strikes from 8am to 5pm starting on September 12th. This will then be followed […]

by × September 2, 2016 ×

Health

Stik’s street art, like his life story, is moving. But this worship of the NHS is dangerous

Stik’s street art, like his life story, is moving. But this worship of the NHS is dangerous

In secular Britain, the only things left to worship are ourselves, government and the NHS. And boy, do we do it well. Here is an interesting variant on the usual deification of the NHS we are used to seeing and hearing from the organisation’s cult-like defenders. From the Hackney Citizen: Stik, the once-homeless […]

by × May 17, 2016 ×

Health

The school of hard knocks:
Now public health zealots want to ban rugby

You would have thought that doctors would have grown tired of preaching to us about public health dangers. Not a chance. After tobacco, alcohol, sugar, sweeteners, microwaves, cholesterol, dairy, trans-fats, fruit juice, sunlight, lack of sunlight, processed meat, video games, TV, baby slings and bottled water, now the medical profession […]

by × March 30, 2016 ×

Health, Leftwatch, News

If the NHS is the envy of the world, why  are so many doctors moving abroad?

If the NHS is the envy of the world, why
are so many doctors moving abroad?

One of the privileges of my job as a reporter is I get to meet a lot of people who I wouldn’t otherwise encounter from many different walks of life. One of these walks of life, I’m pleased to say, is doctors; I have been blessed with fine health thus far. I […]

by × January 13, 2016 ×

Health, News

2015 finally saw the NHS anointed as the national religion

2015 finally saw the NHS anointed as the
national religion

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m thrilled 2016 is beginning with Justin Bieber at the top of charts. I’m actually rather impressed with the young man. He may have proven himself to be a vile human being on countless occasions (while simultaneously demonstrating the classic slow-motion car crash of child celebrity), but having three singles in the […]

by × January 2, 2016 ×