NHS Scotland Event 2018

Last week I attended the NHS Scotland Event 2018. It was held in Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus. I do not attend corporate “educational” events such as this, however … Continue reading NHS Scotland Event 2018

A costometer in overdrive

In the last 3 years the National Clinical Director for NHS Scotland has been representing NHS Scotland in the following countries (in date order): London, Hong Hong, Florida, Gothenberg, Brisbane, … Continue reading A costometer in overdrive

What matters to me

‘What matters to you?’ day occurs each year at the beginning of the summer and aims to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social … Continue reading What matters to me

The right words are crucial

A recent Healthcare Improvement Scotland blog was titled: The blog begins: “We know there are huge benefits to patients, the public and health and care services if people are at … Continue reading The right words are crucial

‘A formidable armoury’

The Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland describes his organisation as “a formidable armoury”. I have often found myself wondering why healthcare leaders feel a need to use such military … Continue reading ‘A formidable armoury’

“The charmed inner circle of Official Scotland”

The following perspective by Professor Walter Humes makes concerning reading. I reproduce it here, in full, as unfortunately my experience of the inner circle of Official Scotland has been anything … Continue reading “The charmed inner circle of Official Scotland”

Are there now more ‘toolkits’ in healthcare than in B & Q?

As an NHS doctor I was recently sent this “development toolkit”: Healthcare has become ever more reliant on tools, toolkits, dashboards, hubs and traffic lights. All those involved in healthcare … Continue reading Are there now more ‘toolkits’ in healthcare than in B & Q?

Two years of no sunshine

On Thursday 22nd March 2018 I will be standing outside the Scottish Parliament with this banner. This will be a peaceful, one-man protest, two years to the day that my … Continue reading Two years of no sunshine

Glasgow Memory Clinic

I sent the following letter, dated 21 February 2018, to the Advertising Standards Authority and copied to Healthcare Improvement Scotland. In the letter I outline concerns about the advertising of … Continue reading Glasgow Memory Clinic

“Not for Profit”

The Scottish Government has invested considerable amounts of public money in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. This is an American “Not for profit” organisation. Aye, right!

Costometer

This is a report from the Sunday Express, 21 January 2018. It reveals how the Scottish Government is allocating public money at a time when our NHS is struggling: