Managing a crisis... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Managing a crisis…

When Switzerland was looking like everyone’s idea of a picture postcard, some big brain boxes met there, to discuss a Corona-Virus outbreak. There are lots of  CV’s, the common cold is a derivative, as is the flu.  The concern was a novel virus.  Something no one has seen.  They urged governments to get ready.  The rest, […]

Succeed... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Succeed…

Bob was in the middle of making a triple decker, cracking a can and getting ready to watch Sky’s rerun of the last day of ‘that cricket match’. His mobile rang.  It took a while to find it, jammed between the cushions on the sofa. Unknown number… Forget it.  Someone else telling him he’d been […]

Do things right... 1 primary_care_training_NHS_general_practice_doctors

Do things right…

He was wrong.  That’s about all you can say.  Perhaps not technically, maybe not to the letter of the law but we all know what’s what and we all know right from wrong. I don’t know anyone who would have driven their family from London to Durham, in the middle of a lockdown.   I do […]

Carry the can... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Carry the can…

It’s hard to know who to trust.  When it comes to the papers, it’s not black and white. Newspapers have owners, owners have views, axes to grind, points to make, who governs Britain and how.  The printed media are party-loyal and parti-pris.  Like vicars preaching to the choir. Except… Once in a while they break […]

Anaesthetist... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Anaesthetist…

If we ever go to the pub aain, here’s a neat question for the Friday night quiz. ‘What’s Queen Victoria got to do with track and tracing?’ Keep reading… I’ll tell you! In the mid-eighteen hundreds, in and around, London’s Broad St (now Broadwick St), a cholera outbreak was wreaking devastation. Government at a loss. […]

I have no words... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

I have no words…

I’m lucky to have a voice, I can say what I think needs to be said.  I am really privileged that people write to me with their secrets, their complaints, their hopes and ideas. I try to reply, acknowledge, make a comment. I was sent this email two days ago.  It made me weep.  Tears […]

A long way to go... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

A long way to go…

Managing disaster… alas, the world has had plenty of experience. There are courses on disaster planning and response. I’ve been on one.  It was a long-time ago and it was all about nuclear conflagration.  The optimistic belief there would be some levers left to pull after a lunatic, somewhere, had pressed a button. The principles […]

Coronademic...-NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Unglued…

I’m guilty.  It’s a nonsense phrase.  I use it all the time.  Idiomatic idiocy. I find myself saying, ‘we are where we are‘.  Of course we are.  Where else are we, dummy… I think I mean we have to deal with the actualit√©.  Deal with what we have to deal with.  Deal with this moment […]

Not worth taking about... NHS_Training_in_Primary_Care_General_Practice

Not worth talking about…

It’s not whistleblowing to say there isn’t enough PPE to go round… … it’s flagging up a problem. If you tell your significant other half, you’ll get sympathy.  Tell your colleagues, they’ll already know.  Tell your manager, they’ll get it but it is unlikely they can do anything about it, they’ll already know. Who do […]

The solution... primary_care_training_NHS_general_practice_doctors

The solution…

Last week, the Telegraph asked me to write a piece about care homes. In the end, the article was spiked… never used.¬† However, I don’t see why you shouldn’t read it, if you want to, so, here it is… -oOo- There was an unusual event at Prime Minister’s questions yesterday.  Not just that you could […]