As a child, I read a non-fiction book called The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms, and it was wonderful. The author told a story of forbidding complexity spanning thousands of years and nearly as many characters, without ever losing focus on the underlying physics or going beyond reach of the layman. [...]
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has just addressed the Conservative Party conference, and called it “our NHS”, as Isabel Hardman notes.
The Tories have as much claim to the health service as does the party of Nye Bevan (pictured), as I pointed out in my commentary on Ed Miliband’s speech last week. They, too, promised a [...]
I interviewed Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, for The Independent on Sunday today. He defended himself from the charge thrown at him by David Cameron that he had presided, as Health Secretary 2009-10, over a “sinister culture of cover-up” in the NHS; but he also talked about lessons learned and set out his vision [...]
Doctors are allowed to have personal beliefs, just as long as these beliefs do not interfere with the rights of the patient and service provision.
Liz Kendall, shadow health minister, gave an important speech to the Reform think tank yesterday.
When I was considering going into nursing there are certain, shall we say, hurdles that as a male it is necessary to cross, such ‘hurdles’ include this idea that nursing is very much a female professional prompting doubts and questions about why you’d want to do such a thing.
According to Einstein, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So why are we surprised when aspects of government activity, that for decades have failed to change the trajectories of peoples’ lives, still don’t work?
If you were working out how to design quality public services from ground zero, [...]
Cases of poor care which have taken place in British hospitals and care homes, as highlighted in a dossier published by the Patients Association and in the findings of the Care Quality Commission on 23 November, should come as little surprise
Saturday is World Prematurity Day – a time when we can focus on prematurity, celebrate our tiny babies, and truly concentrate our efforts on prevention and care.
Against all the odds I’ve made it to the grand old age of 41 but every day is a grim struggle. For those who don’t know, cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition which clogs my body with sticky mucus, mainly affecting my lungs but also my digestive system and pancreas.
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