Overdoing it? Pills and thrills and bellyaches.
When one in six hospitalisations of older patients are due to harm from their medicines, then something is going seriously wrong.
Treating the sick is not sustainable. We need to stop them getting sick in the first place. So why is the government cutting public health budgets?
More patients die at weekends.
Jeremy Hunt's solution to cutting deaths in hospitals at the weekend is to increase staff levels. But is it just a fudge?
Duty of care.
In my final column, I look at how care in the NHS depends upon strong relationships between staff members.
Working on a Sunday.
David Cameron promised a seven days a week GP service by 2020, but without considering the possible knock-on effects
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We often get the facts wrong, but how we feel about austerity has serious consequences for the political class.
Taking off the label to charge more.
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Pharmaceutical companies aim to make a profit, but it took an industry insider to blow the whistle on some exorbitant drug costs the NHS was paying.
There’s still potential for health apps, but good ones.
Having 'approved' poor quality, privacy-busting and clinically dubious apps, the NHS Health App Library closes - but it didn't need to be this way.
Ask and you shall learn.
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Noisy bedtimes and MRSA – how patient experiences can address issues during hospital stays.
At the heart of the bill on innovative treatments lies a logical problem.
A parliamentary bill aims to assuage fears that innovative treatment will lead to doctors being sued – but the problem doesn't exist.
Nobody wants to talk about it.
Research shows that patient care suffers when minority ethnic healthcare staff are unfairly treated.
On a knife edge. Winter strikes.
When cold weather hits, heating costs can be a matter of life and death. So why are community groups the front line and not government?
The health secretary should consider the history of his predecessors all the way back to Aneurin Bevan when it comes to keeping doctors happy.
The NHS has always used incentives to shape doctors' behaviour but the latest payments are a blunt instrument.
Risk to patients and staff.
Bullying isn't just about the victim and the aggressor – everyone in the workplace plays their part.
Ordinary superhero – but under pressure of burnout.
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NHS moves to help staff become healthier but GPs are under pressure.
Great leaders listen and observe, as well as show self and social awareness.
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A staggering 20% of senior management positions remain empty in the NHS – a figure that goes up to 37% in mental health. As demand for health and social care services go up in a context of recession and…
Bit of bourgeois David?
A Conservative white paper in 1944 suggested ideas for 'free' and 'comprehensive healthcare – but it was Labour that took the advantage.
Health staff think they can spot the signs but what do they do next?
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Trafficking victims have contact with the NHS but staff need more knowledge about how to refer them for support.
The future may not be as bleak as we thought.
Five new European studies say dementia occurrence is stable or falling. Our panic may have been unnecessary.