The abandoned illness?

For years the word ‘schizophrenia’ has been whispered, with people either ignorant or fearful of what it means. Many families have often kept it a secret due to the stigma that surrounds it. Yet th...

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The Liverpool Care Pathway debate

The controversy over the Liverpool Care Pathway that has raged for the past 10 days or so, following horrid and misleading headlines from some newspapers, has this week collided with the Government...

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No more groundhog days

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...

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Self management: it’s easy, isn’t it?

My colleagues often laugh at my mantra for integrating self management skills into mainstream health: ‘it’s like pushing water uphill’. But for those of you who have worked in this area it must fee...

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We’re all whistleblowers now

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...

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Human factors, the DH and me

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...

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