Messy Business

New plan to obliterate NHS waiting lists from on high

Just when you're feeling a bit jaded, and think you've heard every possible story about the NHS at least twice, a new one comes along (that makes you sit u...

An ode to the physician’s disappearing pen

This week - for one week only - we've turned this column into Poet's Corner courtesy of Tom Goodfellow. LOSING PENS Something there is that doesn’t lo...

Tut tut, doctors are just as bad as the rest of us

Doctors are taking part in activities that put them at an increased risk of developing skin cancer, including using sunbeds, according to the results of...

Doctor/beauty queen is letting the NHS side down

I despair. Just as women start to gain the recognition they deserve in the NHS,  one of the newbies goes and lets the side down. Female doctors are fi...

Integrated Care isn’t some new fangled concept…

In a recent speech, Simon Stevens, the shiny new CEO NHS England, started to discuss how to accelerate the redesign of care delivery. He said rather than...

How many doctors does it take to change a light bulb?

Well the answer depends on whether it's a low-energy bulb and whether the doctor is called Prof John Marshall, consultant ophthalmologist at the University...

Bed crisis leads to patients boarding in Trafalgar Square…

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Challenging NHS? Pah, you want to wrestle with sharks

Was talking to a friend of mine the other day - an acute medicine consultant - trying to talk him into speaking at one of the events I organise. Sorry ol...

Man sues the NHS doctor who gave him a cold

I've always admired and despaired at doctors in equal measure for their attendance at work when ill. While on the one hand it shows great commitment to th...

A bit of Christmas cheer over hospital car parking

On the day when we discover that councils are making record surpluses from parking charges and fines, one hospital is showing a bit of Christmas kindness. ...

Jeremy Hunt admits to being “wrong in the head”

A 'funny' excerpt from Jeremy Hunt's recent speech to the Tory faithful: "I actually had an NHS operation on my head last year. You might say there are lo...