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Mental health matters to all of us

Mental health is still treated completely differently from physical health. To ensure mental health sits at the heart of the whole person agenda, politicians must lead the way in helping to destroy taboos, and underpin changing attitudes by law.

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Delivering more midwives

Over the last ten years, England and Wales have experienced a baby-boom, and the number of midwives simply hasn't kept up. Almost 80% of NHS trusts don’t meet the recommended ratio of one midwife to 28 births, and despite the...

Meeting the mental health challenge

This week the Centre for Mental Health, along with five other national mental health charities launched their mental health challenge to councils in England. Islington Council in north London was one of the first 10 local authorities to sign up....

The Changing Role of the General Practitioner

Andy Burnham’s ambitious and timely speech at the King’s Fund, which introduced the idea of whole person care, focused on the vital issue of integration around the patient – bringing health and social care more aligned around the needs of...

Empowering Patients

The NHS continues to be a hugely popular public service, despite its much-publicised failings. Disasters, including atrocious care of elderly patients in certain NHS hospitals, and sensationalist tabloid headlines, have done surprisingly little to shake public trust in the service,...

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,...

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