NHS England: Selling Hospital Property and Shuffling the Results

Recently, I’ve posted a few items about the tragedy of National Health Service (NHS) England budget cuts. Although the posts were well researched and I stand by them, there’s one more aspect of the way this system is managed that is threatening public health. The public health sector is selling property and downsizing.  Of course, there’s always the public relations spin that patients will not suffer because the system will operate more efficiently.  Maybe an illustration of Alice (of Alice in Wonderland fame) should accompany press releases. Please consider reading this article, which appeared on The Guardian’s site about eleven months ago.  It describes … Continue reading NHS England: Selling Hospital Property and Shuffling the Results

Let’s Hope This is as Good as it Sounds

At the end of this post, please find a link to an article posted today on The Guardian’s site. Until recently, Theresa May preferred to avoid saying too much about National Health Service (N.H.S.) England funding because her party was avoiding saying too much.  Pressure from Jeremy Corbyn and quite a few other people — including the general public — may be working, though. Lack of N.H.S. funding has been fatal to some patients.  There’s no way around resolving the problem, especially with baby boomers getting older.  Don’t scapegoat immigrants.  More people are needing more care, regardless. It’s the same in the … Continue reading Let’s Hope This is as Good as it Sounds

Treating Eating Disorders Early

Note:  I am not a mental health professional.  My knowledge of this topic is from personal experience and books for the general reader. I’ve suffered sporadic anorexic episodes since I was a child.  I’m fifty-seven now, and happily, I can say the last two relapses were years apart.  The most recent was in 2015, though, and I don’t know whether the monster will be back anytime in the future. I become ill easily when I stop eating, and I can’t stand being ill.  So, the anorexic stuff has never reached the point where I’ve been admitted to a hospital with … Continue reading Treating Eating Disorders Early

Unacceptable Maternity Hospital Conditions “Improving”

National Health Service maternity hospitals in England are overwhelmed.  Underfunding and a shortage of midwives have resulted in one in four women experiencing labor or childbirth without help from caregivers. There’s a slight improvement in statistical figures since a similar survey was conducted in 2015. Please click the link to read the report on The Guardian’s site by Denis Campbell. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jan/30/nhs-leaves-one-in-four-mothers-alone-during-labour-or-childbirth?CMP=twt_gu&__twitter_impression=true Continue reading Unacceptable Maternity Hospital Conditions “Improving”

N.H.S. Patients Must Wait

I live in the United States, where many of us have admired the National Health Service (N.H.S.) in the United Kingdom (which some of us refer to generically as “England,” although England is only part of the U.K.). I was born in 1960, and as far back as I can remember I heard Americans say, “If we lived in England, we could just get treatment without showing an insurance card or having our family arrive at the hospital with a truckload of cash.” (Clarification: In the early 1980s — yes, the Reagan Years, as incredible as that sounds — a … Continue reading N.H.S. Patients Must Wait