Bob Bury

Declaring a five day strike at 10-days notice has ceded the moral high ground

I’m currently experiencing something akin to a mourning process for the junior doctors’ dispute. Over recent months they have patiently built up the ca...

GMC should review verdict on former army doctor Dr Derek Keilloh

You may have read my previous blogs about Derek Keilloh – I mentioned him here, and there is a fuller account of his case here. Briefly, he was a young a...

Brexit: lying does pay if you’re a politician – unfortunately at the NHS’s expense

You see? – I was right, lying does pay. Not only that, but lying again after the event by saying that you weren’t lying even when there is ample eviden...

Lying in public office is becoming a very effective technique

I was brought up, as I’m sure most of you were, to believe that lying is wrong. It should be even worse when people in positions of power and influence d...

Public sector sell off has forced me into sandal-wearing, tree-hugging, Grauniad-reading ranks

I don’t know how many of you use Twitter – well, I know the editor does, because I ‘follow’ him, slavishly – but I have a look at what’s going ...

Now I’m a patient I realise the relative risk anxieties of investigation and treatment

In my previous life as a radiologist, I took a special interest (for reasons which currently escape me) in radiation hazards and the protection of patients...

Will we see the underfunding of the NHS come back to bite the minister in the hot seat?

Happy New Year to all our readers! (note the clever use of ‘all’ there, giving the impression that you are just one of an enormous army of opinion-form...

Should the consultants of yesteryear apologise for the rise of the noctor?

Since I retired, I tend to keep away from debate on current medical issues, since I’m no longer in a position to be directly involved (except as a patien...

Which personalised number plate would best suit the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt?

Today, I found myself idly flicking through the Sunday Times motoring section. This is not something I do very often, because although I am not immune to m...

Choose & Book: Uninformed and unnecessary choice is no choice at all

So, our masters are disappointed that only 40% of patients are being given a choice of provider when they need care. This obsession with choice is really b...

Saying that something should happen in the NHS is not the same as making it happen

Earlier this week, the new NICE guidelines on investigating patients with possible cancers made the headlines. There was much talk of speeding up investiga...