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  • Exclusive: Nurses 'more cautious' prescribers than doctors

    zena Jones's comment 14 July, 2014 1:08 pm

    I think this is not a surprise: it might change somewhat over time.

  • Wilful neglect of patients offence to become law by 2015

    zena Jones's comment 12 June, 2014 12:18 pm

    Steve Turner | 12-Jun-2014 11:59 am

    The problem with 'vexatious complaints' is the one of perspective: frequently the complainant, and the professional being complained about, are 'seeing different things'.

  • Hospitals 'should consider Twitter for patient feedback'

    zena Jones's comment 25 May, 2014 12:56 pm

    tinkerbell | 25-May-2014 11:26 am

    michael stone | 24-May-2014 3:22 pm

    go on then, what's the old court room joke?

    I assume it is the now non-pc one, about a foreign court system based on media reports from the English papers, where the punchline was 'and a small titter ran round the court'. Coyness prevents me from repeating the whole joke.

  • Concerning 'disconnect' between staff and managers about NHS culture

    zena Jones's comment 25 May, 2014 12:51 pm

    I would love to see Tinkerbell trapping Cameron in a Joanna Lumley moment!

  • Cochrane review questions benefit of Tamiflu

    zena Jones's comment 11 April, 2014 2:46 pm

    'Although one day does not sound like a lot, in a disease that lasts only six days, it is'

    From Wendy Barclay: I'm wondering if she has ever had a bad atatck of flu, herself ? I still 'shout at the TV' whenever a football manager says 'he's got a touch of flu today, but he'll be fine for the weekend' (that 'flu' ISN'T like the flu I had !).

    It might last 'for 6 days' but those 6 days are very different - I can recall 'about a day' of feeling absolutely terrible, when I had flu as a kid. I was laying in bed, soaked in sweat, muscles aching, headache, virtually too weak to stand up, and if I tried to close my eyes, it felt as if someone had tied a rope to my ankles and was swinging me round in a circle. I'm not sure that shortening the overall length of the illness by a tiny bit, would be a good trade if the side effects of this drug are 'it causes nausea and vomiting and increases the risk of headaches' - I wouldn't take that trade-off, knowing how bad I was anyway (in the 24 hours directly before the 'fever breaks and you just feel weak/drained for many days' stage).

  • Five a day fruit and veg 'not healthy enough', warn researchers

    zena Jones's comment 5 April, 2014 9:48 am

    P. Damien | 2-Apr-2014 2:56 pm

    The rationale was that canned fruit is usually in very sugar-rich syrup - not sure it said canned vegetables were bad.

  • Five a day fruit and veg 'not healthy enough', warn researchers

    zena Jones's comment 2 April, 2014 10:50 am

    An interesting aspect of this, is that vegetables were considered to be more helpful than fruit: so what does the main picture above show? Two apples, a pear and a banana.

  • Kylie to take on NHS ambassador role *

    zena Jones's comment 2 April, 2014 10:43 am

    Very little mention of this if you Google it, except for the NT story - Kylie is very high profile, so ...

  • Concerns raised over 'inadequate' care for heart failure patients

    zena Jones's comment 2 April, 2014 10:35 am

    From memory, a few years ago the average time between a diagnosis of heart failure and death was less than 2 years - shorter than for many with a diagnosis of cancer. Yet for some reason, heart failure receives much less attention. Is that because heart failure usually comes with old age?

  • Health secretary to launch raft of new patient safety measures

    zena Jones's comment 26 March, 2014 12:00 pm

    tinkerbell | 26-Mar-2014 11:33 am

    It should be simple - but it isn't simple if nurses are being told to raise concerns and to admit to mistakes, but trust lawyers/accountants are being told to prevent litigation costs, is it?

    What is corrupt, in my view, is politicians who only present part of the argument: for example trumpeting 'some nurses don't care any longer' without mentioning to the same degree 'many nurses are so time-pressured they can't reveal their compassion'.

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