Is obeying the law bad for your health?

(With apologies to Private Eye’s A Doctor) As a doctor I’m often asked: Is obeying the law bad for you? The short answer is yes and no. This handy symptom-checker can help you to decide whether a short course of flouting could work for you or would do more harm than good. Are you experiencing […]

See what his plans are…

Earlier this year, Russian President, Vladimir Putin said; ‘Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world’. I thought he might be talking about who corners the market in Almas but no. To underline the significance of this topic, Alan Schwarzman, founder of private equity house, Blackstone, has gifted $150m […]

Training Primary Care NHS GPs A lot to prove...

A lot to prove…

From the Guardian; ‘… I have never seen such an empty vessel as a cabinet minister. This is one NHS chief executive’s verdict on Matt Hancock’s stint as health and social care secretary… … it reflects a widespread view among NHS bosses that if Boris Johnson’s imminent formation of his first government leads to Hancock […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - No App For That...

No App for that…

It’s all over. With the triumph of hope over reality, we have a new Prime Minister. When Boris Johnson was the mayor of London he had a close interest in health and the causes of ill-health. He hired a very experienced ex-NHS manager to advise him and lobbied for the Mayor of London to have […]

Primary Care Training - NHS - Smart enough-01

Smart enough…

We are where we are. We start where we stand. We have to make the best of it… Work with whatever’s at hand. I thought you might like that little homily from Lilley Rules for Life! We have a big issue; working with what is at hand. There’s a workforce crisis, how do we fix […]

Training Primary Care NHS GPs Wooshing sound..

Whooshing sound…

We won’t have much longer to wait. The next prime minister, will be delivered by Tory Party members; • 70% are male… • 97% are white British. • Average age, 57, +40% aged over 65. • Members are concentrated in the southern half of the country, • Six out of 10 living in Eastern England, […]

Training Primary Care NHS GPs Jewel in the crown...

Jewel in the crown…

How do you find a diamond? A geologist has discovered a thorny, palm like plant in Liberia that seems to grow only on top of kimberlite pipes… columns of volcanic rock hundreds of meters across that extend deep into Earth, where you will find diamonds. You could go to Arkansas Park, where believe it or […]

Training Primary Care NHS GPs The Allure of Toxic Leaders

Always win…

Thinking of a bit of holiday reading? You’ll romp through the drunken-private-detective, bodice ripper in no time. How about something a bit more heavy-weightish. In the light of developing events, I’d like to suggest something? It’s by Jean Lipman-Blumen; The Allure of Toxic Leaders: Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians and How We […]

Primary Care Training - NHS - Genreal Practice - Got the message

Got the message…

Here’s a confession. I don’t know why I’m telling you this. I’m not proud of it… it’s just the way my life has turned out. Happenstance… one of my favourite words. So, here we go; the only exam I’ve ever sat was the 11+ and I failed. Since then I have never sat an examination […]

Training Primary Care NHS GPs Roll up your sleeves...

Roll up your sleeves…

It’s Monday, are you ready? The best way to get ready for Monday, is to start on Friday… but it’s a bit late for that! You could make a list of the stuff you are looking forward to this week; cheer yourself up. You could make someone happy. Take them a cuppa builder’s, put it […]