Language is a beautiful thing. Always alive, always evolving. The more we see, or think we see, the more words we need. Often that involves creating new words. Many of these are hybrids, drawn from Greek and Latin - for example lipo (Greek) and suction (Latin). Other examples include dysfunction, neuroscience and electrocution.
THERE was a time when people liked nurses. If a nurse walked down the street, some would wave, one or two may have applauded, many would utter the ‘angel’ word and go about their business, that little bit more secure knowing that kindness walked the earth and it called itself nursing.
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Off The Record
‘There is a gulf between heath and social care’Subscription
Some older people have a great time. Take Des O’Connor for example. If he’s not on a sunbed, he’s hosting Countdown or murdering Frank Sinatra songs. Say what you like about Des – he’s happy.
Last week it was announced that there were 17,000 underachieving teachers in England and Wales. They are apparently messing about in class and not paying attention and this is damaging the education of 400,000 children. We would, it appears, be better off if we got rid of them. There are plans to transfer the offending would-be educators into electrical retail. Or pizza delivery. That’ll teach them.
‘Healthcare is somewhat different from shopping’Subscription
We’ve known for a while that health service managers would like the NHS to function the way proper ‘businesses’ like supermarkets do. From a managerial perspective, it lacks a little something – like balloons, for example, and the nice ca-ching noise the cash register makes
I was once employed to set up health-promotion initiatives in a very poor area.My brief was simple: establish asthma, diabetes, smoking-cessation and healthy-eating clinics for people who like heroin
Towards the end of last year, while most of us were out shopping, the prime minister gave a speech and said reforms to the public sector will become ‘wider and deeper’ in the coming years.
‘Nursing qualities make a difference to patient care’
New research tells us that the over-50s are increasingly putting themselves at risk of sexually transmitted infections because they are not using condoms. More than one in ten of the over-50s interviewed admitted not using a condom despite being unaware of their partners’ sexual history.