I’ve got a pile of irony to do tonight – from Scottish independence to NHS reform

On my train journey from Edinburgh this morning, I listened to a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in about the implications of Scottish independence.  The intricacies of a possible de-coupling from the UK are fascinating – from the economy to people’s pensions, to the NHS. I’ve yet to read an article written specifically about the pros and cons […]

Doctors' hours and research: the space-time continuum

Yesterday I spoke at a meeting of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).  There was an outstanding presentation before mine by Kate Baker, a young academic paediatrician, about what inspired her to go into research.  She talked about the importance of charismatic role models in attracting young doctors to science.  But also highlighted […]

Nudge nudge, wink wink

This committee may be going quietly about its business but sometimes a ‘nudge nudge, wink wink’ can speak volumes.

A fillip for rare diseases

It has been one of those weeks! But I got a bit of a fillip with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Sir Liam Donaldson’s, annual report on Tuesday. Apart from being a good read, the CMO’s annual address on the state of the nation’s health can give voice and momentum to an issue within the Department […]