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Calling for a white paper on emergency and out-of-hours health care


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Yesterday in the Commons, I asked the Health Secretary the bring forward a white paper on A&E and out-of-hours care: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): The A and E crisis in Wycombe results from the closure of the department under the previous Government. Although I would love to lay the blame squarely on Labour, is not the truth that, over the life of the NHS, clinical practice and management have changed substantially? Will my right hon. Friend consider producing a White […]

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Bucks Health Select Committee today


Today, Bucks County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee heard evidence on the progress of the recent Better Healthcare in Bucks changes. I published my written submission here. As I explained at the meeting, I want three big changes: An injection of realism into the debate. I quoted remarks by the Medical Director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, in The Evidence Base from the Urgent and Emergency Care Review (PDF). He said: Twenty years ago most A&E departments could […]

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The NHS belongs to the people: a call to action | NHS England


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Via NHS England, The NHS belongs to the people: a call to action: NHS England has today called on the public, NHS staff and politicians to have an open and honest debate about the future shape of the NHS in order to meet rising demand, introduce new technology and meet the expectations of its patients. This is set against a backdrop of flat funding which, if services continue to be delivered in the same way as now, will result in […]

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The Kings Fund guide to the NHS


Via the King’s Fund, An alternative guide to the new NHS in England:

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You too can lose weight fast with The Sherlock Diet!


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Apparently the UK faces an obesity crisis. Helpfully, as reported in the national news [1,2], I am annually weighed in public in High Wycombe. This year, I had lost weight thanks to The Sherlock Diet. Today, I have lost 10kg since Christmas, 8 of them in the last 10 weeks. I was significantly overweight with a Body Mass Index of 29, just 3 kg off obese. My wife, a GP, hinted fairly heavily that the trajectory of my health was […]

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