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Patient centred care: Rhetoric and reality

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 2,978 views

Published first by the excellent Centre for Health and the Public Interest Patient-centred care is high up the political and policy agendas, with Jeremy Hunt announcing last month, One year on from Francis, my top priority remains to support you in creating a…

Care dot data

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 880 views

Care dot data was explained to every English household by way of a leaflet delivered with the junk mail. I don’t think I got one, though I haven’t been through my recycling to see if it ended up there, but…

The emotional labour of care

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 796 views

A response to Medicine Unboxed Voice 2013 I was 17 years old, working as a health care assistant on an elderly care ward at Winchester hospital in 1988. I remember a morning shift when I was responsible for helping six…

Loneliness

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 2,332 views

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody” Mother Theresa I am always early for my doctors appointment. I cannot imagine how anyone could be late…

Am I an extremist?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 771 views

Last night I debated with journalist Ian Birrell on BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves The question was, ‘Is nostalgia for the idea of an NHS inhibiting necessary, clear-eyed debate?’ NHS workers are united on 2 fronts, The need for care to be…

Listening and measuring

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,053 views

GP income (via QoF) is to depend more than ever on increasingly tighter control of our patients’ blood pressure, diabetes and health-related bahaviour and the collection of ever-increasing amounts of data of little or no relevance to patient care. GPs in…

From the archive: When doctors become patients

/ January 27, 2014 at 8:38 PM 1,499 views

It’s taken me over 20 years to appreciate just how little attention is paid in medical education to what it’s like to be a patient. Often, only the experience of becoming seriously ill finally compels [doctors] to change their thinking,…

From the archive: How to save the NHS

/ October 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM 1,584 views

NHS SOS Edited by Raymond Tallis and Jacky Davis, Oneworld publications Available from Keep Our NHS Public There are few things that staff can agree on in an organisation as vast and multi-cultural as the NHS, but there are two fundamental…