Conspiracy logic

When it comes to conspiracy theories I’m usually a sceptic. In fact I’m so sceptical that I’ve taken to using people’s belief in conspiracy theories as a tool to understanding how that respond to health problems. I imagine many of you are scratching your head thinking that I’m off on some ridiculous flight of fancy… Read More »

Flu Jabs

Its that time of year again when we mail out to all of our patients who should have had their flu jab but haven’t yet got round to it. Why do we put so much effort into preventing the flu? Put simply if you’re vulnerable then flu kills. You know you’re vulnerable if you’re getting… Read More »

The Worried Well

I was recently reminded about a medical expression – the worried well. This is a group of patients who give patients a bad name, at least a bad name from a doctoring perspective. Numerous professors at my medical school would rant on about their time being wasted by healthy and wealthy patients who were worried… Read More »

Beating the Beet?

Regular readers will know that my passion for ranting on about politicians and the mismanagement of the NHS is only exceeded by my passion for beetroot juice. Not only does this liquid gold taste utterly delicious, it also helps counteract the effect that Jeremy Hunt and his cronies have on my blood pressure. I would… Read More »

Striking Times

One of the great things about being a doctor is that you can have several jobs and roles at the same time. Most of you know that my main job is simply seeing patients, but I also train doctors in the practice, appraise doctors outside of the practice, assess people with serious mental illness for… Read More »

Olympic Dream?

Wow what an Olympics that was. Second in the world – not bad for a little country like ours. It just goes to show what you can do with an excellent management structure and appropriate funding. I think you can probably see where my thinking is going. Because there are a lot of similarities between… Read More »

The Emperor’s NHS?

For many year’s the holy grail of general practice has been continuity of care and in particular the ability to see the same doctor repeatedly. The benefits to the patient, their family and the NHS are significant – patients are more likely to be diagnosed and managed correctly at a considerably reduced cost to the… Read More »

Olympian GP?

The country is still in the midst of the post Brexit blues but thankfully the Olympics are here to boost the nation’s mood. There’s nothing like a string of gold medals to make us all feel proud to be British. From a purely selfish point of view lots of gold medals coupled with a lovely… Read More »