Primary Care Training - NHS - magic monday-01

Magic…

I’m thinking about Monday.  Where will you be? Under blue skies, with a warm breeze stirring the trees into Spring?  A hint of optimism. Or, leaden skies, windy, heavy rain, trapped in a cold snap.  Dragging winter into a new week. Alas, the forecast is not good.  But, in a sunny corner of the garden […]

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Why…

It’s happening more and more frequently.  A lazy reporter dreams-up a topic for a Freedom of Information request, gets public servants running around, researching the information, string it together with a few words and… bingo, a scoop.  The BBC’s Angus Crawford has got the NHS running around. Like it’s not busy enough… got a lot […]

Purpose…

The NHS; targets, guidance (really just ‘must-do’s’), regulations, inspections, controls, bungs, beatings and a top-down environment that went out with the Ark. Just about everything it can do, to get the best out of people… it doesn’t. I see voluptuous, mission-statements pinned on walls and projected in PowerPoints.  Most front-line staff, doing the job, have […]

Primary Care Training_NHS General Practice on the hook...

On the hook…

“We thought that we had the answers; it was the questions we had wrong.”  Nice little quote from that great, global philosopher and thinker… Bono.  His song; Eleven O’clock, Tic, Toc. Once again the NHS, faced with a problem, is just about to dig up the foundations, in search of the wrong answer. Once again […]

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Change our destiny…

It was obvious, wasn’t it? I’m sure he is a lovely guy, full of all the right motives; equality evangelist, democrat, socialist, trades unionist, campaigner, anti-fascist, anti-nuclear, anti-apartheid.    He received the Gandhi International Peace Award in 2013 and the Seán MacBride Peace Prize in 2017 for his promotion of peace… but… Prime Minister, I […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - Get what they promised...

Get what they promised…

That’s it, the elections is over.  The Tories have their feet under the table.  Now it’s about delivery…  Election Cut-Out and Keep ’em Honest List ✄—–✄—–✄—–✄—–✄—–✄—–✄—–✄ Here is what has been promised. This is the promise Done ✓ £6.2 billion more this year – ‘getting to the front-line’. NHS Budget up by £33.9bn by 2023/4 […]

Primary Care Training - NHS - What will they add-up to-01

What will they add-up to…

Get Brexit done… … a phrase that’s doin’ my ‘ead-in. It’s what advertisers call a ‘sticky phrase’.   In the same genre as ‘Beans means, Heinz’.  An advertising strap-line from over 20 yers ago and still sticks.  A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play.  Drink a pint-a milk a-day. Of course beans don’t […]

Time Traveller... Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs

Time Traveller…

Time travel… the ability to travel across time. If only!  A chance to talk to Nelson?  Have a look at Mars.  A friendly chat with Florence Nightingale. Not possible?  Actually I’ve done it… last week.  I travelled back through the 60’s, East Berlin, the Cold War. How did I do it?  I started at London’s […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - Normal...

Normal…

The WikiLeaks War Logs, Watergate, MP’s Expenses… Why do people leak things?  Ethical concerns?  Prevent harm?  Journalist leak, to other journalists, to show ‘they are in the club’.  Has-beens, wanna-bees, saboteurs.  Who knows? Quite often it suits an organisation to have something leaked, to see how the public react.  How it ‘plays’ in the media, […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - Junction fourteen...

Junction fourteen…

Four, is the magic number. Apparently, when it comes to the number of items of information the mind can cope with, before confusion sets in, the magic number is four. So now you know.  Oh, and a bit more… Four is the only number with the same number of characters as its value. And, as […]