Category: Health

No, it’s not just a sharp scratch

This morning I went for my latest blood test, which I have to have roughly every six months or a year — I can’t even remember as I have so many of them —...

The danger of knee-jerk closures of NHS units

A couple of weeks ago, a Care Quality Commission report was published that revealed that two NHS units for people with learning disabilities on the same site in Oxford were dreadful — they failed...

Don’t mind the monkeys

Carers and care workers are the best kind of people. So why are they treated so disgracefully? Yesterday the Guardian published the above article by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, best known for co-founding Vagenda magazine...

Review: Don’t Call Me Crazy

Recently a series called Don’t Call Me Crazy, set inside an adolescent mental health unit in Manchester, the now-closed McGuinness Unit, was screened on BBC Three, apparently the first time cameras had been allowed...

Ed Balls

Now that I’ve got your attention … There’s currently a measles outbreak in South Wales, the reason for which is that a lot of parents didn’t vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine during...

A law unto themselves

What do medical staff and airline staff have in common? What separates them is that airline staff do not train for their jobs for five years, yet have the safety of dozens, if not...

Laurie Penny and breast implants

French exploding breast implants — hilarious, right? Wrong | Laurie Penny | Comment is free | The Guardian I’ve been following the story about the French breast implant recall with some interest, as it...

Charges against saline case nurse dropped

BBC News - Stepping Hill saline deaths: Nurse Rebecca Leighton charges dropped Remember the case of the several people who died after someone spiked the saline at a Manchester hospital two months ago? And...

Why do hospitals discharge people so early?

These days, if you go into hospital for virtually any procedure or any surgery, chances are high that you will be out in much shorter time than you would have been in the past....