In previous years I’ve put forward my hopes for our various annual elections. My success rate has been awful and my warnings of doom unheeded but I remain undaunted and will put my thoughts across again. Last year I warned that even though America could elect Trump they could also at least impeach him. I’m surprised… Read More »
I think I might have written about resilience before – it is a word that I had hardly heard mentioned up until about 3 years ago – prior to then, resilience was a word used to describe some physical object which could withstand some form of external pressure, like aluminium being rust resistant. Now it… Read More »
Since the inauguration of President Trump we’ve heard a lot about fake news. To the President this appears to be any news which criticises him personally … ie all news. Ideally he should hang up his golf clubs, turn off the TV and knuckle down to the job of governing the country and then perhaps… Read More »
Smiling I wonder whether President Trump has been reading a little bit of Prof Wisemans work into fake smiles. The good Professor asked people to clench a pencil between their teeth and measured their happiness. Psychologists do odd things like this. Now you would have thought walking around with a pencil in your mouth and… Read More »
I used to smugly think that one of the last jobs to be farmed out to computers would be mine. Now I’m not so sure. How GPs actually do their job has no good evidence base and is pretty incomprehensible. When I train other doctors I explain that GPs are murky animals that survive swimming… Read More »
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!
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 »
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 »