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Telehealth: So obvious, it must be true

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 1,008 views

Telehealth is everywhere just now. The Government is keen, and has a delivery plan: they hope it will keep people out of hospitals and care homes (i.e. save money). Industry is keen: devices in every home, charged at healthcare prices –…

Daffodils in full bloom

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 928 views

April 1987, the daffodils were in full bloom as I drove to the hospital, much further ahead than we had this year and as I write this. It’s hard to believe that it was 26 years ago about now that…

Moving forward by learning from the past

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 736 views

Grateful for my lot I am very fortunate. I have a rewarding job (in the public sector – not in the ‘real’ world as some of my friends tell me), a decent house and a salary that gives my family…

The relevance of resilience in healthcare

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,494 views

“Life’s a bitch and then you die”. Whilst I don’t generally subscribe to this pessimistic view of life, I have it heard it said on more than a few occasions by different people. Having been a Children’s Hearing(1) member for…

Healthcare: We’re all doomed

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,301 views

Maybe it’s the dark, wintry weather of February, but I’m having to work hard at being optimistic about healthcare right now. Let’s compare 2012 to 1958: you need to work five times fewer hours to earn enough money to buy…

The best for every patient, every time

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,289 views

Is it due to the midges? We have put a man on the moon, but we can’t stop death. 100% of people die worldwide - despite medical advances. But how can we persuade the Grim Reaper to defer his visit…

Giving something back

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 830 views

Co-production I attended the launch of the Person-Centred Health and Care Programme a couple of weeks ago. This exciting development is a key element of the delivery of the NHS Scotland Quality Strategy. The aim of the programme is that,…

From the archive: Can we afford the NHS?

/ November 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM 1,144 views

A promise to protect UK politicians are currently promising to protect, or even raise NHS spending. Yet on the frontline, wages are continuing to fall in real terms, and the pressures on budgets are increasingly difficult to manage. Why are we…