24 / 7 NHS

Several patients have recently asked me how we intend to implement the Government’s flagship program of 7 day access to GPs. When asked such questions I revisit some of the emotions when I first heard the Prime Minister making promises prior to the election. Incredulity, frustration, annoyance, anger and (reluctantly) acceptance. I think Mr Cameron’s… Read More »

Effective Communication

I was interested to hear recently that the guidance regarding what constitutes effective communication with patients has changed. I remember watching a Royal College of GPs video many years ago demonstrating a perfect consultation. It was an odd experience because I know if I’d have read a transcript of the consultation I would have been… Read More »

Respectful advice

I confess that over the last few months (or possibly even years) this newsletter has been heavy on opinion (or at the very least ranting) and light on good old fashioned medical advice. This is in part because if I don’t have my monthly rant I will simply explode and in part because I’m not… Read More »

Special Election Edition

There was a time when the dates of general elections were decided on the whim of the PM, but one of the first acts of the coalition was to fix elections to a 5 year cycle. I find it hard to believe that our policy makers didn’t think of the possibility that the next election… Read More »

Shame and Blame

My previous rant this month has been on one of my favourite subjects, my frustration with the government and political interference with the NHS. When things go wrong it invariably seems to me that society (led by the Daily Mail) needs a scapegoat, it needs someone to blame. If someone has made a mistake, they… Read More »