The deniable truth

As winter pressures continue and NHS services everywhere are feeling the pinch, the country’s leading health economy is once again at the forefront of emergency planning. This leaked letter from Martin Plackard, director of digital transparency and social media impact at NHS Blithering, contains top tips for other communications professionals on how to take back […]

Good luck with that

News and Comment from Roy Lilley. We have a Minister for Loneliness.  She is also a qualified FA football coach, the minister for Cup Final Tickets and something else I don’t understand. Whatever… Loneliness is such a sad affair.  Life lived today, framed in the memories of a life long ago and far away.  A […]

Primary Care Training For Managers And Staff In GP Practices

If your staff do not come from ‘off the shelf’ why would you choose training that does? The benefits of training are well documented: Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees Improved efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain Higher employee motivation Reduced employee turnover Less sickness Increased capacity to adopt new technologies and methods […]


I don’t know why I let them upset me but they do.  They irritate me beyond belief.   I’ve tried everything.  Deep breaths, counting to ten, think-calming-thoughts, relaxation, calamine tea… but they still drive me BARMY! I’m talking about the Department of Health Press Office. Why don’t we dump them?  We could have one of […]

Answers on a postcard

News and Comment from Roy Lilley. A succession of ministers walk into an anonymous building in Whitehall… All the major departments represented; schools, prisons, airports, security, hosptials, transport, Treasury.  Something’s up. It’s a wake.  One of government’s favourite friends… dead.  They’d been sick for sometime, no one had a cure. Carillion, the UK’s second biggest […]

Seven ways … to avoid eyestrain

These days, if we’re not staring at our smartphones, we’re sitting in front of computers. And more than half of office workers have reported the symptoms of eyestrain. How do you protect yourself?

Sorry about the parrot

A man walked into a pet shop and said; ‘My budgie is dead and I’d like to buy a replacement, please.’ The pet-shop man said; ‘We don’t sell budgies.  We have parrots, they’re cleverer and have better plumage.‘ ‘Ok’. Said the man, ‘How much?’ ‘We have a blue-bellied parrot from eastern Brazil that speaks Portuguese […]

Over half of 12-24 year olds have side effects from energy drinks, survey reports

“Energy drinks ‘trigger nasty side effects like heart problems and seizures in half of kids’,” is the potentially terrifying, but misleading, headline in The Sun. This is based on an online survey of more than 2,000 young people aged 12 to 24 years in Canada in 2015. The survey found that more than half of […]


News and Comment from Roy Lilley. I’m not going to do it.  I’ve decided.  I’m not going to join the queue of people, lining up to tell you how much I admire the NHS, how well it’s doing.  What heroic things are happening. It’s not that I don’t think it’s true.  It’s not that I […]