I said Andrew Lansley may not be long for this Cabinet in The Independent on Sunday a fortnight ago, so in today’s newspaper I repeat myself at greater length.
Another day, another report concluding that “integration” is what will save a health and social care system that is rapidly descending into further crisis.
On Thursday, high-profile science journal Nature published a commentary by three academics, which argued that sugar is a toxin and that it should be subject to similar kinds of public-health interventions as alcohol. In other words, sugar should be taxed and restricted just like booze.
Mature medical students come from a more varied background than their undergraduate Contemporaries. Has the rise in tuition fees made studying medicine unattainable to a whole generation of potentially excellent doctors.
The ramifications of the NHS bill have rightly been hitting the news this last week. As the government cloaks the reality of what the reforms actually mean, with the platitudes of nicely worded sound bites, my blood pressure has been starting to rise. My constant dinner table rants about how the NHS will turn into an Americanised system of privatised care deceptively disguised under the logo of the NHS, have started to annoy my wife.
According to this report, there is an increase in complaints about patients being unfairly removed from general practice lists. If the daily mail reporting of the story is to be believed, these decisions are left up to heavy handed receptionists and managers who act like overzealous doormen and will boot you “off the list” if you’ve dared to tut that the nurse is running late or are unfortunate enough to suffer from the wrong sort of ailment.
For the last few months I’ve been learning all about pain.
60% of British adults are overweight or obese.
The Government addressed this today.
80% of people with eating disorders are overweight or obese.
The Government dismissed this today.
The Department of Health’s Call to Action takes the stance that it is our personal duty to halt the rise in obesity in the hope of a downward trend by 2020. [...]
Did you know that the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a virus which infects the skin and mucous membranes and has been proven to cause a shockingly high percentage (99.7%) of cervical cancers? There are over 100 different types of the virus, some which are harmless – and some that can turn out to be much more serious…
…I’ve got a small fortune’s worth of specialist equipment no one seems to want back.
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