Tag Archives: NHS

Regional pay: how to increase the North-South divide and weaken the ConDem coalition?

As anticipated following Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has now declared that ‘regional’ pay for health workers is on the agenda. Needless to say, those in the South-East will earn more under this arrangement than colleagues further North.  … Continue reading

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All we want for Christmas is our NHS

It’s not my usual practice to post pics on this blog, but today is an exception. I don’t suppose Keep Our NHS Public will mind my showing you their Christmas card…. And I’m sure they’ll like it if you sign … Continue reading

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Male policy wonk decrees on breastfeeding

‘Breastfeeding by UK mothers rises from 76% to 81%‘ is the headline of a report in today’s Guardian. It is, a Government spokesman tells, “encouraging to see an increase in the number of women who start breastfeeding”… Well, yes, most of … Continue reading

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Roll on 5 May, Councillor Bradley?

Spring.  The days get longer, and my personal livid gets stronger.  Not a healthy state for anyone, but with a fair wind perhaps we shall see a degree of amelioration on 5 May (UK local and devolved government election day). … Continue reading

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Flu jabs: shifting targets from mortality to (short-term) money?

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has now confirmed that a majority of pregnant women have not had flu jabs:  more than 70% remain unvaccinated.   Given the low immunity and raised vulnerability of this women expecting babies this is a very serious concern. In past … Continue reading

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Incompetent Conservative Government… or de-governance?

Michael Tomasky of The Guardian, in a recent article entitled ‘Good at theatre, dreadful at governing’, quoted the American scholar Alan Wolfe’s view of conservative (e.g. Republican) politicians: Conservatives cannot govern well for the same reason that vegetarians cannot prepare a world-class … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday for some; no delivery date for others

A story I heard about events which happened yesterday (Friday 7 January) seems to resonate with some current concerns of top people in maternity care. The tale goes that a leading and very large NHS hospital sent at least two expectant mothers home again … Continue reading

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