Euphemistic government

The government loves euphemisms. Euphemism is in itself a euphemism for saying that something is one thing when you really mean its something else. The classical one is when a prime minister states that he has ‘absolute confidence in the minister ….’ Which means I have absolutely no confidence in the minister and his P45… Read More »

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 »