In 2008 we all blew out the candles on the NHS 60th birthday cake but in 2009 we have to close our eyes, make a wish and cut this cake into ever-thinning slices.
The clocks go back this weekend, the days will shorten and darkness will descend more quickly than many of us would like. Then Halloween will loom, and the talk will be of ghosts, ghouls and gremlins, rather than coughs, colds and credit crunches.
Did you ever play a party game called Squeak Piggy Squeak? One player sits blindfold in the middle of a circle and has to guess the identity of a playmate who squeals on command. Now there’s a similar game, specially designed for grown-up nurses. It’s called Telephone Triage
‘We should welcome the HPV vaccination scheme’Subscription
Cervical cancer is a devastating disease. It is estimated that, in the UK, up to 1,000 women lose their lives to it annually. Next month, the vaccination programme for girls between the ages of 12 and 13 against human papillomavirus (HPV) will be rolled out.
‘The NHS needs fewer visions and more staff’Subscription
‘It is a puzzle why SHA personnel are handsomely paid to sit at meetings and promulgate visions yet, if any of my patients were to do so, it would initiate an urgent hospital admission’
The national programme to prevent cardiovascular disease in those aged 40 to 74 is due to be rolled out in 2009–2010. In principle, this is warmly welcomed but will it turn out to be little more than a mass data-gathering exercise, a large study that masquerades as major health promotion?
‘Is the commissioning plan an April fool’s trick?’
Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we discover that the antibiotics for bacterial infections may no longer effect a cure
'Primary care is stymied by contradictory policies'