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Big Brother’s eye on the health service

Big Brother’s eye on the health service

Thirty years ago, when I learned that time and motion studies had been used to devise the work rota in the casualty department where I worked, it seemed logical and unthreatening. John Harris’s piece (They call it fun, but the digital giants are turning

today, 18:33 in Health
 
Brian Neville obituary

Brian Neville obituary

Brian Neville, who has died aged 77, was a key figure in the development of paediatric neurology and neurodisability in Britiain. He was the first UK professor of paediatric neurology, appointed in 1989 at the Institute of Child Health, University Colleg

today, 18:15 in Health
 
New concerns over BPA as workers exposed to levels 70 times the average

New concerns over BPA as workers exposed to levels 70 times the average

Health concerns over Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly found in plastic packaging and the lining of food cans, are well documented. Previous studies have linked low levels of BPA to a variety of potential health issues, including obesity, diabetes a

today, 15:19 in Health
 
In search of the stroke detector

In search of the stroke detector

Stroke, or “brain attack”, is the third biggest killer in the western world, after cancer and heart failure. The life-changing effects associated with this simple, Anglo-Saxon word are readily explained: a stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain

today, 09:06 in Health
 
Bringing a breath of fresh air to the UK’s polluted cities

Bringing a breath of fresh air to the UK’s polluted cities

Featuring a sturdy leather head-strap and mask, two large tubes and a transparent backpack containing a small potted plant, designer Chih Chiu’s response to crowded, polluted cities is stark. “My initial idea was to separate an individual from the public

today, 07:10 in Health
 
How music affects the brain

How music affects the brain

La La Land is tipped for Oscar success following its triumph at the Golden Globes. Some have wondered if its appeal is partly as an escapist response to these troubled times. Whether or not such a retreat is politically helpful, there is sound neurobiolo

today, 06:10 in Health
 
Should I abandon my son to my alcoholic husband?

Should I abandon my son to my alcoholic husband?

The dilemma I have been married to my alcoholic husband for 14 years. We have a 13-year-old son, and two older kids from my previous marriage. I had an affair with a black man from 2007 until 2009. I had kept it a secret from my husband until he found ou

today, 06:10 in Health
 
Fury as last London community dental clinic shuts

Fury as last London community dental clinic shuts

The NHS has been accused of letting down patients in pain by shutting London’s last community-based A&E-style service for people needing emergency dental treatment. NHS England’s closure of the “urgent dental service” in Kentish Town will leave...

today, 00:05 in Health
 
The chemo’s too much, but getting on a clinical trial is gruelling enough

The chemo’s too much, but getting on a clinical trial is gruelling enough

Saturday 7 January Now sharp-eyed readers may have spotted that this diary starts the day before the last one was published! By way of a little back story, my doctors have been trying to get me on to a clinical trial featuring new immunotherapy treatment

today, 00:05 in Health
 
The increasingly polarised debate on abortion imperils women

The increasingly polarised debate on abortion imperils women

Imagine the outcry. A charity offering a common medical procedure – 70,000 a year, more than in the NHS itself – is found guilty of terribly poor standards of care. You’d expect some calls for the chief executive’s head; others claiming this represents t

today, 00:05 in Health
 
Hiring a carer for my mother was a huge learning curve, but help is available

Hiring a carer for my mother was a huge learning curve, but help is available

It’s hard to pinpoint the moment we knew we needed to find carers to come and help my mother. That’s the nature of a progressive condition. Symptoms creep up on you, bringing new care needs just when you thought everything was working well. After struggl

yesterday, 07:06 in Health
 
Paying for care at home: how to negotiate the minefield

Paying for care at home: how to negotiate the minefield

How much should you pay for care in your own home as you get older – from getting in and out of bed to taking medication or help with shopping? And how do you find a carer? With adult social care in crisis as local authorities struggle to meet soaring de

yesterday, 07:06 in Health
 
I'm 13 and worried about being fat

I'm 13 and worried about being fat

I’m overweight for my age (I’m 13 and 60kg or 9.5 stone) and it’s consumed my life. I can’t go shopping with my friends in town because I can’t let them know my clothing size. If I sit down I’m always conscious that I look fat. If I take off my coat I fe

Friday, 15:20 in Health
 
NHS transformation plans are beset by infighting

NHS transformation plans are beset by infighting

Behind the vision documents and targets, what is really going on inside the sustainability and transformation plan (STP) process? A clinical commissioner outside one meeting was overheard asking: “How are we going to shaft the acute?” But elsewhere there

Friday, 12:05 in Health
 
Fifty-two NHS hospitals send patients elsewhere in busiest week yet

Fifty-two NHS hospitals send patients elsewhere in busiest week yet

The NHS experienced the busiest week in its history last week, with record numbers of hospitals having to send patients elsewhere or declare a major alert. Fifty-two hospital trusts had to send ambulances elsewhere between 8 and 15 January, up from 39 th

Friday, 11:32 in Health
 


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