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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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Public meetings on Bucks hospitals with Sir Bruce Keogh


Next week, on 10 June, as part of NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh’s nationwide inquiry into mortality rates, a review team led by Regional and Medical Directors of NHS England will arrive to investigate Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The purpose of the visit is to examine why the Trust has high mortality rates and establish what can be done to improve the standard of care for patients. It is expected to last 2-3 days. Meetings to canvas opinion from […]

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Why not 24/7 quality care?


Via 82% more chance of dying in surgery at the weekend: Shock finding of report into NHS operations | Mail Online. Patients who undergo planned operations at the weekend rather than a Monday are 82 per cent more likely to die. Shocking findings show that death rates for elective procedures increase throughout the working week. This will add to mounting concern about NHS patients receiving poor care during ‘antisocial’ hours when consultants are off duty. See also The Telegraph’s spectacularly […]

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“And no more!” – triumph at my 4th weighing-in


As reported by The Telegraph and The Spectator, I’m publicly weighed every year in High Wycombe along with the Mayor and councillors. It’s an attempt to deter us from gaining weight at taxpayer expense. In each of 2011 and 2012, the cry was “And some more!”. After playing the panto villain in 2011, enough was enough by 2012 and, thanks to MyFitnessPal, Parliament’s gym, swimming and running across the Chilterns, this year’s triumphant result was “And no more!” In shock news, if you […]

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