The NHS would appear to be suffering an in-flight emergency. It is locked on auto-pilot. The cabin crew are unsure what to do. A few are close to panic. The nature of the problem is unclear. The causes indeterminate. No one was trained for this. Cabin crew announcements become more insistent and louder by the… Read More Our NHS: If there is a patient on board could they please make themselves known to the cabin crew
We are a nation that no longer knows when to put its rubbish bins out. So I reflected, as I dragged our two overflowing wheelie bins back to their usual place. To be fair to Bromley Council, it’s not that they fail to pick-up our rubbish; just that no one can quite predict what sort… Read More NHS reforms to face a tough round of Peer review this autumn
The summer break has clearly done the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, a world of good. From beating a lone path as the libertarian Claudius in the face of a centralised health service, he has resurfaced this week as the man for all seasons to launch a competition for the best ideas for… Read More From I Claudius to iLansley…phone apps in the new NHS
I suspect you have seen today’s news bulletins covering Macmillan Cancer Support’s report predicting a significant rise in the number of people who will get cancer. To quote the opening lines of their statement today: Cancer rates are increasing at such a rate that research shows 42% of people who die in this country will… Read More Rising cancer rates and the NHS reforms…plus NIHR and ‘impact’
Here’s the BBC report on how the Health and Social Care Bill will now be scrutinised following the changes announced a few weeks ago. I think other reports have mentioned people’s criticisms of it going back to the committee stage for only ten days in all.
We can all have a field day (pun intended) now that the conclusions of the NHS Future Forum have been published. For 24 hours at least anyway. The next step is the Government’s response which is due tomorrow. Hopefully they will have taken on board the NHS Future Forum’s overall message that it was a… Read More NHS reforms emerge from the ‘House of Corrections’
A reminder that David Cameron will be making five pledges on the NHS in a ‘keynote’ expected this week (possibly tomorrow (Tuesday)). Things like..there will be no privatisation, and an end to waiting lists etc. The Economist’s ‘Leviathan’ blog – which is always worth a look – takes a rather derogatory view of the Prime… Read More Cameron’s High Five