Tom Goodfellow

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...

Doctors need more support in GMC process

I am a long-time Trustee of a small mental health charity supporting those experiencing the psychological effects of trauma (PTSD). We are an excellent org...

System already exists for analysing death rates

Now I don’t normally consider myself a fashionista, (“you said it” mutters the daughter darkly) although I do believe that I cut a svelte figure amon...

Je ne suis pas Charlie

Please don’t get me wrong. The murderous attacks in France two weeks ago were tragic and horrendous and no philosophy, religious or otherwise, can justif...

Christmas: the general anaesthetic of the people

In 1960 when I was eleven I was invited by my school music master, appropriately named John Fear, to join the Christmas choir at All Souls Church, Langham ...

Proud that I was there at the beginning

Years ago when I was a radiology trainee I was fortunate to spend a day a week for several months with an aged but very eminent radiologist, Dr Ronald O. M...

New cancer target: idiocy in glorious technicolour

When they were young my children’s favourite show was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. We went up to London twice to see it (with Jason the...

Democracy absent in Scottish independence vote

For a moment there on Sunday, I felt some respite. The death of the Reverend Ian Paisley and the incineration of a dog’s home pushed the Scottish Referen...