Lack of Resolution?

I’ve been looking over a few of my past newsletters and a few themes emerge. First –  … and most importantly, I am quite the most opinionated person I know. I seem to have strong opinions on most subjects, many of which I have scant experience about – for example how to be a successful… Read More »

Christmas Wishes

This newsletter has been one of my usual rants but it is Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

Let us hope that 2017 is a good year for the NHS and common sense prevails.

If it does then maybe my future newsletters will contain far fewer rants – I think I can feel an idea for a New Year’s Resolution taking fruit!

An Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Health

  Dear Mr Hunt, The NHS is in crisis. I’m sure, by now, that someone in the upper echelons of the service must have fed this back to you. But just in case you’re cocooned in some cloud cuckoo land where your trusted advisors have persuaded you that no doctors can be trusted on any… Read More »

2016 – Year of the Expert

The December newsletter is an opportunity to reflect on the year that’s just shot by. I suspect 2016 will be seen as a vintage year by historians. It was the year when society changed irrevocably. Before 2016 all sort of assumptions could be made about society – such as democracy is alive and kicking. There… Read More »

Christmas Crackers

What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa? A rebel without a Claus.   What do you call an elf who sings? A wrapper!   Why is Christmas just like your job? You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.   Why does Santa… Read More »

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 »