Messy Business

Guess what added a bit of bite to a large pile of statistics?

I like a recent tweet by the RCS’s Patrick Leahy (@pmrleahy). He’d obviously had a look at the ‘fine print’ of NHS Digital’s Hospital Admitted...

Quite a funny – if a little inappropriate – joke I heard the other day

Doctor, doctor, I'm suffering from amnesia, Tourette's syndrome and aphasia. — When did the symptoms appear? — I can't fucking November....

Want to reduce your surgical infection rate? Simple, get naked in theatre

I'm slightly fearful of what this paper could open the door to. But in the interests of progress, here's the key finding anyway... Surgeons should op...

Only one winner in car parking disputes between trusts and consultants

More scratch your head than laugh out loud – this one. What fate befalls the brave consultant who challenges his trust over their car parking policies...

Surgeons may not be Machiavellian but there’s proof they’re a little vain

Are you narcissistic, or psychopathic? Neither, are you sure? Would your colleagues back you up on that one... Well, some clever bods decided to researc...

Those in glass houses should not cast stones, particularly CQC ones

You couldn’t make this stuff up. The GP practice where the CQC’s chief inspector of general practice, Professor Steve Field, is a partner has receiv...

Needing your blue inhaler more than twice a week is dangerous

Have you heard the Inhaler Song yet? Think NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur, Tapas Mukherjee, rather than Calvin Harris or Bruno Mars. Since its...

Spontaneous piano duet provides some light relief in one US hospital

There's not much to smile about in UK hospitals at the moment, and I don't suppose many NHS staff have got the time to tinkle the old ivories whilst at wor...

Pokemon Go gamers told to keep out of A&E after monster hub is found there

As if NHS A&E departments didn’t have enough to deal with already – with winter pressures in summer and workforce shortages – along come some per...

Charlie Massey: “That is a sweaty top lip – you could solve a drought with that top lip”

On the face of it, the GMC’s appointment of Charlie Massey as their new Chief Executive seems eminently sensible. He’s got a very respectable civil ...

Do you want to have a go at punting Hunt? Just click on the link

As a journalist, I am of course completely impartial. Most junior doctors think the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is a deceitful tosser with hidden agendas....