No more groundhog days

Adrian Sieff

Shared decision making and self-management support can sound a bit woolly – nice, but not really medicine. Haemodialysis is hardcore medicine – instantly life-saving, it takes place in hospital wit...

We’re all whistleblowers now

Phil Hammond

Last year, I wrote a special report for Private Eye with the journalist Andrew Bousfield. It was called ‘Shoot the Messenger – How NHS Whistleblowers are Silenced and Sacked’ and had some extraordi...

Human factors, the DH and me

Martin Bromiley

After my first wife died during a routine operation in 2005 I had many things to contend with. But in common with most people who’ve lost someone at a young age, I wanted to try and understand what...

The Bill is now an Act - what next?

Stephen Thornton

Now that the fun and games are over, what will the future bring? Let me clarify – I am not referring to the Olympic Games, for we have yet to experience the thrills and spills of the Paralympics. N...

What patients want

Ciaran Devane

At Macmillan, we have for several years had an ambition statement which said we want to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer. We know now (though we did not when we wrote the ...

Bullying, healthcare and human factors

Martin Bromiley

Bullying is very topical. Every time it’s discussed on TV or the radio, people queue up to say ‘yes, it happened to me’. But surely it’s something we grow out of as we enter the world of work? I’m ...

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