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NHS at 60

Helen Barratt: In praise of the NHS

3 Jul, 08 | by BMJ

Studying for an MSc in Public Health this year, with students from a range of backgrounds, has been refreshing after years of learning and working with medics. However in classes, ‘doctor bashing’ has been de rigueur. I don’t for one moment claim that we’re above censure, but the criticism levelled at the profession has become a bit wearing. more…

Richard Smith: Why the NHS can’t be left to government

23 Jun, 08 | by BMJ

Richard SmithTwo weeks ago I sang the “Winkle Song” in the excellent acoustic of the Oxford Union. I’m a terrible singer, and it must have been excruciating for the audience. But I’m confident that it was less excruciating than me delivering my speech against the motion “This house believes the NHS is only safe in government hands.” more…

Siddhartha Yadav: Is it time for a global health service?

19 Jun, 08 | by BMJ Group

“I want to live”, read the caption to the life-size photograph of a young man attached to the dialysis machine. I had seen this photograph at a hospital gate in Nepal almost everyday for three months before I came to London two weeks ago, and it is likely that it is still there. Surprisingly, he is not asking anyone to donate him a kidney. He has already found a suitable donor. All he is asking for is money to cover the travel, transplantation and drug costs. more…

Richard Smith’s Miltonic torment – calling the NHS

13 Jun, 08 | by BMJ Group

Richard Smith I ring the Kent and Sussex Hospital to try and find out when my mother can expect to have her hip replaced. I’m worried that the hospital may have sent her a letter and that she may have lost it—as she has become very forgetful. Indeed, she’s dementing. more…

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