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Ministers can’t silence NHS concerns because people can see it unravelling

Ministers can’t silence NHS concerns because people can see it unravelling

Believe hard enough, and you can get what you want. Or at any rate that’s the theory behind the fashionable cult of manifestation, as championed by Oprah; focus on your heart’s desire, tell yourself you’re going to get it, and it’s amazing what positive

12 January 2017 in Health
 
The Guardian view on NHS politics: a truce is necessary but not inevitable

The Guardian view on NHS politics: a truce is necessary but not inevitable

Prime minister’s questions, when the House of Commons works itself into an adversarial frenzy, is not a forum made for non-partisan collaboration. So it was not surprising when, on Wednesday, a request that Theresa May convene cross-party hearings on the

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Generation treat yo' self: the problem with 'self-care'

Generation treat yo' self: the problem with 'self-care'

Yes, it’s true: Donald Trump is gaslighting us all, and the media is lending him a helping hand. The news gets more surreal every day: secret sources, Russian rendezvouses, pizza-based pedophile conspiracies. A constant cacophony of the outrageous and th

12 January 2017 in Health
 
NHS crisis: have you had an operation cancelled this winter?

NHS crisis: have you had an operation cancelled this winter?

Dozens of hospitals in England have had to declare a black alert – the highest form of emergency status – this week after becoming so overcrowded that they could no longer guarantee patient safety and provide their full range of normal services. NHS cris

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Why do people persist in beliefs that are wrong – and even harmful?

Why do people persist in beliefs that are wrong – and even harmful?

Richard Feynman said that the easiest person to fool is yourself. Fooling yourself is a particular danger for the well-educated, who see themselves as smart; and who in all likelihood tend to hang around with like-minded people of similar background and

12 January 2017 in Health
 
The NHS dental service is broken – and its rotten payment system is to blame

The NHS dental service is broken – and its rotten payment system is to blame

Almost as soon as I stepped into dental school in the mid-1980s, an enthusiastic and wild-eyed child dental health lecturer thrust a Venn diagram in my face. Few who are not professional mathematicians can say that a Venn diagram shaped and guided the wh

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Former Tory health minister defends Simon Stevens over NHS winter crisis

Former Tory health minister defends Simon Stevens over NHS winter crisis

A former Conservative health secretary has said it was “unfair” for Downing Street to hint that NHS England boss Simon Stevens was to blame for the winter crisis gripping the health service. Stephen Dorrell, now chair of the NHS Confederation, issued the

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Man's best friend, bacteria's worst enemy: dog sniffs out superbug in Canada hospital

Man's best friend, bacteria's worst enemy: dog sniffs out superbug in Canada hospital

Hospital ID badge dangling from his neck, Angus considered the empty bed in front of him. After a few strong sniffs, he moved on. Nearing the next bed, his floppy ears perked up before he stopped dead in his tracks, tapping his paw and eyeing his handler

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Here are six ways to achieve a truly ‘shared society’

Here are six ways to achieve a truly ‘shared society’

When Theresa May set out her vision for a “shared society” this week, there were plenty of slogans but there was minimal proposed action. If Britain is actually going to tackle the “everyday injustices” as May claimed, it’s going to take some real reform

12 January 2017 in Health
 
The Briton vying to become the world's most powerful doctor

The Briton vying to become the world's most powerful doctor

He was the UN troubleshooter tasked with galvanising the world’s response to the Ebola epidemic and led the fight against cholera in Haiti, just as he did earlier against global pandemic flu. So on paper, David Nabarro may seem the ideal candidate to bec

12 January 2017 in Health
 
The Tory policy for young people in Britain is victimisation by design

The Tory policy for young people in Britain is victimisation by design

The Conservative party has made a strategic decision to stuff young people. Not out of sadism, not because it derives vicarious thrills from inflicting misery on the next generation: the Tories don’t care because they have calculated that they don’t have

12 January 2017 in Health
 
A thousand acts of kindness: gratitude in the wake of my daughter's accident

A thousand acts of kindness: gratitude in the wake of my daughter's accident

“Tell me the truth, am I dying?” “You are not dying but you have been in a bad accident,” I say, fighting to control my panic. “If I die, I want you to know I love you.” She has the bleeding wounds but I feel as if the air is being squeezed out of my lun

12 January 2017 in Health
 
NHS crisis: 20 hospitals declare black alert as patient safety no longer assured

NHS crisis: 20 hospitals declare black alert as patient safety no longer assured

More than 20 hospitals in England have had to declare a black alert this week after becoming so overcrowded that they could no longer guarantee patient safety and provide their full range of normal services. NHS England chief hits back at Theresa May on

11 January 2017 in Health
 

BBC film on child transgender issues worries activists

The transgender community is “very scared and very worried” by a BBC documentary on how to approach gender dysphoria in children, organisations and activists are claiming. The film – Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best? – prominently features Kenneth Zucker

11 January 2017 in Health
 
NHS hospitals in England face £322m tax bill increase from April

NHS hospitals in England face £322m tax bill increase from April

Cash-strapped hospitals in England face a £322m tax hike from April which threatens to increase the strain on the under-pressure NHS. Changes to the business rates system mean that the 1,249 NHS hospitals liable for the property tax will see their bill i

11 January 2017 in Health
 


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