Partha Kar

Time for NHS leaders to stand up and help resolve juniors’ contract dispute

Enough. Just enough. This has now gone on far too long. I am, of course, talking about the whole junior doctor fracas. I am going to use this blog to ur...

How should one respond to an inadequate Care Quality Commission rating?

Inadequate. Depends on how you look at it, isn't it? Depends on how you react to it. The Care Quality Commission came to our trust and rated the Urgent ...

A message to junior doctors – decide whether to support the contract dispassionately

Social media has been a curious cocktail since the ‘contract deal’ was announced. Conjectures, theories, mischief has flown around in equal measure, wi...

What comic books can teach us about NHS industrial relations?

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am. A superhero blockbuster movie called Civil War is about to be released. I enjoy comic books. Having...

Sugar Tax & obesity: relationship with diabetes needs explaining

So, what do we think of the Sugar Tax? Let's get this straight from the outset – it’s a good move and should be applauded. Whatever your views about...

How do you get health professionals to do more? Not by threatening them

You have to wonder what's the path most will choose. When faced with sticky situations, if given a choice, will they take the easier one? For the averag...

Diabetes: it is within our gift to work with our patients and make it better

With a flourish, the National Diabetes Audit has made its annual appearance - and being part of the core audit group, I already knew what was coming. Th...

If you want to keep patients safe, invest in social care not doctors and nurses

Where have we got to with the NHS? Is it all doom and gloom from the bowels of Mordor? Or are shiny, happy, positive things happening, with unicorns gently...

There’s a new disease doing the rounds among doctors – learned helplessness

I must talk about Pete Deveson, a GP in Epsom. The fella did make me sit up and listen at the BMJ Big Debate recently. Pete talked about ‘learned help...

Junior doctor contract – threats and negotiations aren’t good bed fellows

We, as a community, must respect the position junior doctors are taking. We call them 'junior' doctors but they are anything but. These are people who i...

How do you serve seven people omelettes but with only four eggs?

Take a moment. There…can you hear it? No? It’s the voices of the few who are fervently championing the cause of ‘working differently’. The hard ...