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Crisis, What Crisis?

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)


It’s a black alert, a humanitarian crisis, a major incident, exceptional measures are demanded. Where in the world could this be? Syria? Sudan? Or perhaps a terrorist attack in a major European city? No, it’s just a normal working day at your local hospital in January. No one, even those of us who have served the NHS for a long time (38 years for me) have witnessed anything quite like ...

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The Era of Stupidity

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)



Debate should be based on facts, not hearsay or ideology


I am normally a good sleeper. But twice this year I have awoken from a peaceful slumber into a nightmare about clowns; it’s always clowns. In one of my nightmares I am a passenger on a plane where the pilot dies and a professional clown with a terrible comb-over and absolutely no experien...

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Western Morning News 6th September 2016

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Brexit and The NHS

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Today I was introduced to someone extraordinary: a newly recruited nurse who is not from continental Europe, but from the UK - Taunton to be more precise. In the hospital where I work 20% of the registered nurses are from overseas, the majority from the European Union (EU). Chatter in the common room is a mongrel mix of Spanish, Italian, Greek and even Catalonian. To help them communicate with our local population I hav...

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Safe Cycling

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)


According to a recent European study, I am one of the 4%; I do it every day (well, almost every day). If you never do it, you are amongst the majority of UK residents (69%). In Holland the picture is strikingly different, 27% do it every day and only 13% never do it. I am referring to cycling, of course. But why on earth would anyone want to cycle on West Country roads? Well, I’ll tell you why I do it.

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Pacemaker battery scandal BMJ 4th Feb 2016

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Western Morning News 17th December 2015

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Perfect storm brewing as NHS struggles against £22bn 'cut'

Posted on October 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)


The government seems to be dismantling our treasured health service

There is never a good time to be sick, but if that is your destiny, I suggest you do it sooner rather than later. Why? Because there is a perfect storm brewing and if your illness is bad enough to need admission to hospital, there is every chance you will get caught up in it. Firstl...

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Statues of Exeter

Posted on October 3, 2015 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)


In the 21st century it is time to carve a new name with pride

If you ignore the saintly carvings on the cathedral wall, you can count the number of statues in Exeter on the fingers of a deformed hand. Yet one member of this elite group and possibly the most prominent figure isn’t even an Exeter man. I pass Redvers (pronounced Reevers) Buller almost ev...

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