The best health blogs of 2014

Michael Harris /   June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,926 views

Here’s our own selection of the best blogs we’ve published this year in health. Thanks to all of the frontline and independent bloggers who’ve kindly agreed to publish with Guerilla Policy in 2014 – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to them all. Visibility and invisibility in a leaderless NHS “It’s as if those who should be accountable are invisible in the complexity of the new processes. The question this raises is not one of how did this happen, but rather what might be gained by allowing this to happen.” Ewen Speed wonders who is really in charge of the NHS.

Posted in November by Ewen Speed of Cost of Living Can we afford the NHS? “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.” Dr Mark MacGregor examines the financial health – and future – of the NHS. Posted in November by Dr Mark MacGregor at Ayrshire Health Don’t worry your pretty little head “If I were Prime Minister, I would order an immediate trial, effective immediately. I would insist that for one month, every doctor, surgeon and consultant in the country took their patients at face value. I’m almost certain the results would be astonishing…” Sue Marsh offers her thoughts on the NHS and its treatment of sick and disabled people. Posted in October by Sue Marsh at Diary of a Benefit Scrounger 80% of GP practices have one or more GPs suffering from burnout “This study has identified a crisis in General Practice. It is now a matter of urgency that the root causes of the crisis are identified and addressed.” Andrew McHugh considers the implications of a recent survey that reveals the stress and overwork being felt by GPs. Posted in August by Andrew McHugh Privatisation behind an invisibility cloak “I hope this explains why many of us campaign to stop the privatisation of the NHS under the disastrous Health and Social Care Act and why we oppose the private sector moving in and winning NHS contracts.” Dr David Wrigley recounts a case of the private sector’s involvement in GP services. Posted in July by Dr David Wrigley “Crisis, what crisis?” “If you are suspicious about a managed news agenda, then the ‘looming funding crisis’ in the NHS which popped up all over the news this week should be making people twitchy.” Ewen Speed argues that we need to challenge the managed news agenda around reforms to the NHS. Posted in June by Ewen Speed at Cost of Living Why wanting a better is not Luddite “A piece at The Conversation makes the claim that opposing Care.Data and other elements of NHS digitisation is Luddite. Now seeing as many of the people raising issues with Care.Data are either computer types or research scientists this seems a particularly odd claim…” David Gillon argues why wanting a better is not Luddite. Posted in April by David Gillon at Flat Out When doctors become patients “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.” Jonathon Tomlinson reflects on the growing number of books, articles and blogs written by doctors about their experience of illness and suggests we pay more attention to what they are saying. Posted in January by Jonathon Tomlinson at A Better NHS Charging for healthcare – closing the doors on the NHS “When these charges start to bite doctors will be faced with dilemmas on a daily basis. Do we do as we are told, and turn away patients whom we know we can help on the basis of their nationality, or do we consider something more radical?” Martin Brunet looks at the issue of charging non-EU migrants for access to healthcare. Posted in January by Martin Brunet at The Binscombe Doctor Blog Emergency service “So I want to circulate my admiration for my colleagues in green and help build awareness of the stuff they do for you and for all of us each and every day. We would notice if they weren’t there to do it for us, trust me on that.” Michael Brown pays tribute to the work of paramedics and wonders why they aren’t considered an emergency service. Posted in January by Michael Brown at Mental Health Cop

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