HCSA

‘No’ to pension proposals, ‘no’ to industrial action

With all the focus this week on the BMA pension result, the HCSA position has been overshadowed somewhat. Our independent poll showed that HCSA members r...

What I’ll tell Cameron when invited to dinner

I have not (yet) been invited to No 10 for dinner. But if I could afford it I would welcome the opportunity to talk about the NHS as I see it. I would do s...

Whistleblowing: managing vexatious complaints

I like David Drew's idea of presenting a whistleblower with an award where concerns have been properly upheld. But I am not sure I agree with him that the ...

Brand NHS: How to get a head in advertising…

As the countdown to Christmas continues, so too do appalling TV and newspaper advertisements. Some (well most frankly) make me vow never to buy the product...

Same solution applies to debt crisis and NHS

If you read this to the end, you may very quickly take the view that I am no economist. And you would be right. But watching the events unfold within the E...

Pensions: HCSA says “no” to strike action for now…

At a meeting of its ruling council held on 21 October, the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) considered whether to hold a members’ ...

Tories get a grip on language skills of doctors

Thank goodness the party conference season is almost over. I actually enjoy watching the cut and thrust of politics but the amateur politician appearing on...

Temperature rises over NHS pension proposals

I am honoured that one reader of Hospital Dr has suggested that by emulating Lady Godiva I might encourage the government to amend its plans for pension re...

Pension: is it fair consultants should pay more?

I am struggling to equate the political direction over NHS pensions with any semblance of fairness. True, hospital consultants are in a difficult positi...

Let him without sin cast the first stone

At least the NHS has been taken off the headlines this week. Clare Gerada’s stinging rebuke of the Prime Minister and his approach to practice boundaries...

Climate is ripe for a perfect storm in the NHS

In our response to the NHS ‘listening exercise’, the HCSA warned that the climate is ripe for a perfect storm. It is all very well reforming the NHS...