Tag: NHS

Well, Ian, They Pretty Much Have To…

Ian Birrell on the NHS: A whiteboard in the corner of Jeremy Hunt’s Whitehall office symbolises a struggle over the soul of modern government. It details “never events” that have taken place that week in hospitals. Three items were written…

They Don’t Like It Up ‘em!*

Is this yet another CPS car-crash in the making? Dr Katrina Erskine, consultant gynaecologist and head of obstetrics at Homerton Hospital, Hackney, said she was angered by the case selected for the first prosecution because it gave a “misleading” impression…

The First Rule Of NHS Club Is….

…yeah, you can probably guess, can’t you? The outgoing boss of the NHS in England has revealed he plans to spend the next stage of his career defending the health service from newspapers which “hate the NHS”. Newspapers don’t ‘hate’…

They Are On The Run!

The NHS delayed for at least six months a controversial plan to share data from people’s medical records on Tuesday following concerns from doctors and patients’ groups, acknowledging there was insufficient public confidence in the scheme. Well done to the…

You’ve Been Warned…

The database that will store the entire nation’s health records has a series of “backdoors” that will allow police and government bodies to access people’s medical data. And no. It won’t matter if you’ve opted out, as you’re advised to…

How Do We Select For Empathy?

Christina Patterson thinks that observing people at work is ‘unfair’: It’s bad enough to have to deal with the aches and pains, the failing sight, and hearing, and the often failing mind. It’s bad enough to have to deal with the…

I Don’t Know Who’s More Insane…

…the patients or the doctor who has suggested this: The NHS should consider paying patients with severe mental illness to take their medication, a leading expert has said, after a study showed that offering “modest financial incentives” significantly improved adherence…

What is my name?

One’s name is coterminous with one’s identity. To have it used carelessly shows lack of respect for one’s humanity. To decide how another shall be addressed is to take power over him. The accused in the dock is addressed as the…