1948-2018: Happy 70th Birthday NHS
The nationâ€™s best loved institution. 70 years is a long time to endure at a time in this nationâ€™s history of unprecedented and very rapid change. Conceived and introduced in the post-war era in recognition of sacrifices made, offering free health care to all. The country it serves has changed so much in that time: a significantly larger population than ever before, comprising of more people living longer than ever before, needing a greater variety of medications and treatments than has ever existed. Serving that population with all that it has. Doing wonderful things with wonderful people. A testament to the nationâ€™s goodwill. Representative of the best in all of us, but sadly and increasingly under threat.
MPâ€™s reported today what many of us medical negligence specialists are all too acutely aware of â€“ that NHS Trusts have a â€˜prevailing attitude of defensiveness when things go wrong, and a reluctance to admit mistakesâ€™.
Never discount the power of the insurance lobby
The Ogden or â€˜discount rate’ is applied to personal injury settlements when deciding the appropriate amount of money to award victims of negligence as a lump sum payment. The discount rate is applied to take account of the expected return if a lump sum is invested over time.
Fit for a King?
In these times of austerity when the NHS faces perhaps its greatest challenge yet trying to meet incessantly rising patient demand with dwindling financial and human resources it is tempting for patients (at least those who can afford it) to look to the private health sector for salvation.
Funding for cataract surgery
It was recently reported in the Sunday Times that the Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group, an NHS body which plans health services for the London Borough, proposes to stop one of the most common NHS operations as part of cost-cutting measures. It reportedly blames rising demand from an ageing population. In future, it is suggested the funding for cataract surgery is granted only on an â€˜exceptional basisâ€™.
Let’s support the RNIB
Loss of vision or visual impairment can be one of the most devastating and frightening things that can ever happen to you. The human eyes are an extraordinary organ. They make approximately 200,000 movements per day and are able to distinguish around 10 million colours. The impact of having this all taken away can be profound and can completely alter oneâ€™s relationship with their own surroundings, tragically supplanting mindscape for perceived reality. Many people take their eyesight for granted and do not always think (or like to think) about what would happen if it disappeared one day.
Gift wrapping skills tested in aid of RNIB!
This December I took part in a Christmas gift wrapping fundraising activity at Foyles Bookstore, Charing Cross branch, in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People.