Category Archives: Coffee Time

Cognitive Dissonance

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 »

Robotic future

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 »

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!

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 »

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 »

We are one, we are legion

The celebrated polymath Prof Aillo has once again come up with some ground breaking research which is set to change the whole nature of medicine and forensic science. You may think you are a single person. I know that Nigel Cowley is me and I believe I’m unique (at least within this universe). But the… Read More »