• If I give you a title, will you give me a coffee?

    • 20 Jul 2017
    There are few jobs now, outside the army, where it would be normal for me to address my boss as ‘Dr Smith’ while they call me ‘Miranda’. Yet even in touchy-feely paediatrics, a consultant who asks to be called by their first name is the exception.
  • A heavy price for years of under-investment

    Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs five major hospitals in London, was badly hit by the unprecedented cyber-attack which struck the NHS and many other public and private organisations on May 12. The trust told Peter Blackburn how events unfolded and what happens next.
  • Where there’s a will

    • 13 Jul 2017
    If a lawyer is not certain whether a client has capacity to make a will, they seek a medical opinion. And the ‘Golden Rule’ from a High Court ruling stipulates that a medical opinion should always be sought in respect of elderly clients.
  • Confidentiality: running out of patients

    • 12 Jul 2017
    Who controls access to patient records? Doctors? Governments? Hospitals? The answers, of course, is that all play a role.
  • Is the use of markets in the NHS immoral?

    The tide of commercialism has been lapping at the NHS for over thirty years. From independent treatment centres to the proliferation of Costa Coffee, from internal markets to commercial cleaning companies – the once monolithic NHS is held in a web of commercial contracts and subject to multiplying market mechanisms.