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February 26, 2015 No Comments

Savile’s offending in NHS ‘scarcely credible’

The story of Jimmy Savile‘s offending in NHS hospitals is unusual to the point of being scarcely credible. That is the opening line from Kate Lampard, the author of the report into Savile’s widespread abuses.


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February 13, 2015 1 Comment

A small link between HRT and ovarian cancer

The advice before hormone replacement therapy is to weigh up the risks and the benefits – and the increased link between HRT and ovarian cancer is minimal.

February 11, 2015 1 Comment

Giving NHS whistleblowers the freedom to speak up

Over the years I have reported on a number of cases in which whistleblowers have had their careers, reputations and lives blown apart because they have tried to do the right thing.

February 6, 2015 8 Comments

Art meets life: two tales of early-onset Alzheimer’s

Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore, looks at a 50-year-old woman who develops Alzheimer’s. Watching the film is a difficult experience for Wendy Mithcell, 58, who also has the disease.

January 27, 2015 2 Comments

Burnham in spotlight for Labour’s 10-year NHS plan

If this winter has identified anything it is that the health and social care system is not working together as well as it should. Indeed, some less kindly souls might say it’s barely working

January 14, 2015 5 Comments

Patient log jam in hospital? Send for the Red Cross

An NHS hospital has called in the Red Cross to help with what is rather pejoratively called bed blocking.

December 16, 2014 2 Comments

People with dementia need friends – especially at Christmas

Christmas is an isolating time for those with dementia – which is why the Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people to become “dementia friends”.

December 9, 2014 1 Comment

CQC settles libel claim after accusing Jill Finney of ‘cover-up’

Serious doubts are cast over claims of a cover-up in which senior figures of the Care Quality Commission were accused of deleting a critical report surrounding the death of 16 babies at a

December 8, 2014 4 Comments

How early onset dementia can devastate a family

Liza Grant was in her late 40s when the symptoms of dementia first appeared. The illness hit her husband and two teenage sons for six.

November 26, 2014 5 Comments

Winterbourne View report: why has there not been more progress?

Today’s report on the care of people with learning disabilities in England is full of horrible words and phrases like “stakeholder” – a shame, because it’s important.

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