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Kindness in the NHS

Being the secretary of state for health must be both a wonderful and a frustrating job. You have the glorious NHS to look after. Every day you are witness to the audacious claim that we are good enough to provide,...

Together

I will never forget the dispiriting journey of my grandmother through England’s health and care system and the battles my mum fought to get her basic levels of care. Like generations of pensioners, my gran lost her life savings to...

'Cradle to Grave' for new times

A few days ago I heard a homeless woman say she’d ‘worked all her life’ but ended up on the streets. Perhaps she’s the tip of the iceberg. A growing number of working people are relying on food banks, working...

Pressures on the health and social care system

If a better system is thine, impart it; if not, make use of mine’ Horace

This week the College of Emergency Medicine highlighted the challenges facing emergency departments across the country with unsustainable workloads and staffing shortages. Whilst the design, funding...

Values and boundaries in the NHS

Two weeks ago, the Royal College of Nursing at its annual conference raised concerns over low staffing levels and believed that some of the important recommendations from the Francis report such as a registration system for healthcare assistants were being...

A new care covenant

“When all this is gone, what's left is what matters most: the people you love - your family, your friends.” The Guardian's Mike White tells me these were Jim Callaghan’s words, quoted by a member of his family at the...

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