Primary Care Training_NHS General Practice_Matt Hancock’s diary – a week of levelling up

Matt Hancock’s diary – a week of levelling up

Taking personal charge of global pandemics is one of the perks of this job. I’m referring to coronavirus, of course, and I’m booked to appear on Sky News to talk about it. Dom says I need to show concern but mustn’t spread panic. “Not like Boris and the floods,” I say. Dom gives me one […]

Primary Care Training_NHS General Practice_Over to you...

Over to you…

Image by Fronteiras do Pensamento – Tzvetan Todorov no Fronteiras do Pensamento Porto Alegre 2012, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56003613 It is said there are only two stories.  A hero goes on a journey and a stranger arrives in town. It’s hard to argue with.  Look at BoJo.  For some, a hero on a journey for […]

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Find a leader…

Michael Marmot might just as well be called Micheal Marmite.  You either love his work or hate it. You see him as a pivotal player, or as someone who just shouts from the touch line. He was born in London but grew up in the sunshine of Sidney Australia.  He is now the Professor of […]

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Motoring…

Do you drive… 75% of us have a driver’s license.  That’s about 33.5 million people. Last year Japan made 9.5 million cars.  Globally, about 100 million vehicles were manufactured.  Most of them in China, who export very few.  Curiously, the US, only made 13 million. Germany made 6 million and the UK a worryingly, declining […]

Primary Care Training_NHS General Practice_Enough money in the world..

Enough money in the world…

‘The British are among the worst idlers in the world. We work among the lowest hours, we retire early and our productivity is poor. Whereas Indian children aspire to be doctors or businessmen, the British are more interested in football and pop music.’ So wrote Priti Patel, Home Secretary, in her book Britain Unchained.  Her […]

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Compass…

This year, in the Chinese calendar, is the year of the rat.  The UN has decided, 2020 is the year of ‘Plant Health’… don’t ask! The WHO have decided it is the year of the nurse and midwife. Year of the nurse and midwife?  Why?  Because, it celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Florence Nightingale. I’m […]

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Curious…

The terms of reference, for the Paterson Inquiry, are straightforward. Create an opportunity for people to tell their stories, overview, recommendations. The report was delayed, because of the volume of evidence and the number of people, patients and family members who came forward.  It was ready before the election but delayed because of the purdah […]

Primary Care Training_NHS General Practice_Failed by quality...

Failed by quality…

I’m not quite sure how to start this morning’s conversation. I have thought about it, every-which-way.  I’ve decided, head on… You will know I have never been a fan.  It’s not just me.  Everyone who knows anything about management, anyone with an ounce of common sense will tell you; it was never going to work… […]

Primary Care Training_NHS General Practice_Well prepared...

Well prepared…

When the government’s emergency Cobra meetings take place, whatever the crisis, there’s a dilemma… how much to tell the public? There’s a fine line between telling people and scaring the wits out of them. It usually ends with a minister addressing the House of Commons or on the Six O’clock news, talking blah blah,… ‘we […]

Primary Care Training_NHS General Practice_Dirty business...

Dirty Business…

The blades thudded their way across the heavy sky.  Barely a hundred feet above the green canopy, the IBAM helicopter was heading for the black smoke billowing from the horizon. The Amazon rainforest is on fire, again. Deforestation is stripping the trees to make room for farmers and their killer crops.  The lungs of the […]