Comment on: Supporting women after genital mutilation
It's refreshing to read this non-judgemental, objective piece about FGM/C, one that patently reflects the author's experience of dealing sensitively with women who've undergone the procedure.
It's a nice change from the near-hysterical approach taken by some 'anti-FGM' campaigners over the past few months.
Happy retirement, Tina but with a record like yours, doubt that you'll just put your feet up!
Comment on: Hospitals’ duty of care in smoking cessation
NICE guidance is all about supporting people to quit which is fine for those who want to. But what about people who don't want to quit -be they patients, visitors or carers? How will their choice be supported?
I wrote the attached in an attempt to draw attention to the way in which their rights and choices are being overlooked and/or denied.
Comment on: CQC considers hidden cameras proposal
How much lower can the CQC stoop? “We would… like to have an open conversation with people about the use of mystery shoppers and hidden cameras, and whether they would contribute to promoting a culture of safety and quality, while respecting people’s rights to privacy and dignity. Can I tell you now. THEY WON'T! They'll do the exact opposite and promote a culture of fear where staff feel they cannot trust their instincts in case a spy or a camera misinterprets their actions. Our institutions are in crisis and the CQC, Monitor, Ofsted etc just add to their problems. This is worth a read. https://www.hsj.co.uk/opinion/the-nhs-an-institution-on-life-support/5064245.article?blocktitle=Opinion&contentID=12603#.Ul0_4FCTiSq
Comment on: Breastfed babies 'upwardly mobile' study claims
While this 'research' adds to the evidence on the health benefits of breastfeeding once could be led to believe that the evidence for the superiority of breastfeeding across the board is unassailable. But it’s not - as two new books on the subject, Suzanne Barston’s Bottled Up and Zoe Kleinman’s Birth, Boobs and Bad Advice, reveal.
These authors are by no means the first to question the pro-breastfeeding campaign. Joan Wolf of the University of Texas shook up the debate when she published her earth-scorching critique, Is Breast Best?, in 2010, and many other distinguished academics, have challenged the consensus about breastfeeding. The difference is that Barston and Kleinman, both journalists, are writing as mothers and for mothers; mothers who feel they were sold a bill of goods when it comes to infant feeding. And when it comes to the claims for breastfeeding, they absolutely were. Read more here: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/13503