Tom Goodfellow

Juniors, BMA and Hunt need to untangle themselves from the ‘drama triangle’

Years ago I was house surgeon to the late Sir Alan Parks, a past President of the Royal College of Surgeons. I remember him saying that if you are in an ar...

Junior doctors – please put away your placards and turn up for work

In my last blog I stated that I had concluded that the BMA were heading to defeat on the issue of the junior doctor’s contract. My primary reason was...

Today’s NHS problems have their roots in the target-driven culture

When I was a medical student at The London in the late 60’s/70’s a regular lunch time event was the post mortem demonstration in the pathology departme...

Even Christmas cannot escape the creeping censorship which is invading our society

It is that time of the year again when tinsel and tat are dredged up and festooned around the wards and departments to appease the pagan gods of Yuletide. ...

Schadenfreude is an exquisite dish but it can leave a bitter taste

It has been nearly a year since I hung up my ultrasound probe, switched off the PACS monitor for the last time, cleared my desk and wiped off all the incri...

“Too many clinical decisions are being influenced by non-clinical funders”

The “not for profit” organisation, of which I am a long-standing trustee, has recently been engaged in a prolonged and difficult discussion with one of...

The Human Tissue Act and the worrying skeletons in my closet

“Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Now hear the word of the Lord” (James Johnson, Spiritual based on Ezekiel, 37:1-14) I wonder what happe...

If Kids Company can collapse in days, what chance do the rest of us have?

Consider this scenario if you will. Two bright cheerful primary school children kiss their mum goodbye at the school gate and run off to meet their friends...

Dr Finlay’s take on 24/7 access to radiology – “not enough of us to do everything”

“The laird o' Cockpen, he's proud an' he's great, His mind is ta'en up wi' the  things o' the State; “ (Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairn) The scen...

My heroic ‘Call the Midwife’ role in delivering a new baby into the world

As a medical student, may years ago, I did my practical obstetrics in a busy unit in Colchester. I delivered thirty-six babies during my four week stint ...

Why are trust boards so unbalanced?

“Time like an ever rolling stream bears all its sons away” (Issac Watts) I find it hard to believe that nearly six months has passed since I cleared m...