Test them... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Test them…

He lived next-door to my Granddad. A knurly-handed, working-man who had served his time in the trenches of the First World War.  Towards the end of his days, life centred on the wooden shed at the end of his garden. Whenever I visited, I’d hop over the garden fence, bang on the backdoor, to let […]

Finding our true north... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice 2

Finding our true north…

It started, looking like the silhouette of the rolling Chilterns.  Within thirty days it was morphing into the 80’s skyline of London.  After a month it became New York, Dubai, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, rolled into one. Now, it’s up and down, like a fiddler’s elbow.  I’m talking about the graph of daily-tests for […]

An equal start... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

An equal start…

How have we come to this? How have we ended up with a footballer, having a row with the Prime Minister about kids not getting enough to eat and the importance of free school meals. The footballer, Marcus Rashford, is from humble beginnings and reminds us how his family depended on free school meals and […]

Ask the people... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Ask the people…

Let’s have a conversation about three things… two people and a place. The first person; an elegant lady, of a certain age.  She’s of an era that was ‘properly’ educated, being lady-like was a principle virtue and manners mattered, most… … she is a self confessed, ‘tough old bird’!  Married and divorced, run businesses, more […]

Another 400... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Another 400…

Today is a very important day for communication specialists and press officers, everywhere. The 15th June is Fly-a-Kite Day, they do a lot of that. Actually, it celebrates the anniversary, of the day, in 1752 when Benjamin Franklin flew a kite and discovered something about electricity. It is the 166th day of the year. James Hunt, […]

Above average... Primary Care Training - NHS

Above average…

‘I’ve got your number, Lilley!’ That was how my relationship with the geography teacher, started. I didn’t know what he meant, so I asked Mum.  Next thing, she was at the school, demanding to know why her number-one-son was being picked on.  Nobody messed with The Duchess. My relationship with the maths-master was entirely different.  […]

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The same mistakes…

Last week we learned of deaths; maybe hundreds, unexplained, at Liverpool Community Trust. Who of us didn’t think… Mid-Staffs. Well, who knows… It is a familiar story that emerges from a period in our history that the NHS cannot be proud of. In the scramble and pressure to become a Foundation Trust the focus was […]

The least I can do... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

The least I can do…

It was late.  We’d been to a conference. We were starving.  I pulled up outside a restaurant, my passenger nipped out; ‘… see if they have a table’…   ‘… sorry, they were fully booked’. I could see through the windows, the white table cloths, the twinkling candles and the empty chairs.  Stay here…   […]

Wallpaper... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Wallpaper…

If you see something often enough, you end up not seeing it. It’s a bit like the piece of wallpaper peeling off, in the hallway, by the front door. You pass it so often, you don’t see it but as soon as the other half’s mother turns up, it’s the first thing they comment on… […]

Nothing... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Nothing…

Everyone’s wondering what happens next.  There are brave souls trying to plan the future. Aside from the dreadful human tragedies, that will haunt us for years, the last five months upended the NHS.  The next five will do it again. Planning is tricky.  The probability of a resurgence of CV-19, in the middle of the […]