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Introducing the new Easyjet NHS As a rather plump NHS campaigner bedevilled by man boobs, I was given two good reasons to baulk at the recent announcement by The Vale of York CCG that they intended to restrict obese patients’ access to elective surgery until they lose weight. This cost-saving measure was their seemingly pragmatic response to Jeremy Hunt and …

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Our Friday surgery is back after a short summer break, but Dr Walker is not in satirical mood this week. Hitting back at STP: an SOS call to all NHA members around the country Watching the battle lines emerging in the press reporting of the new mass cuts regime currently being implemented across the NHS is pretty instructive. On one …

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Would you let Virgincare look after your children? They don’t do a school for visionary philanthropist entrepreneurs but if they did, I imagine one of the key lessons would be how to gaze profoundly into the middle distance whenever anyone takes a photo of you. As if the camera has just at that moment caught you developing yet another ground …

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Welcome to Theresa May's new politics of austerity- all 5 minutes of it So it is the annual Intergalactic Forces of Pure Evil dinner/dance. The secretary booked an Earthling called Theresa May and promised that her speech would be good value. Things had been tough for the various Forces of Evil in the galaxy in recent years and they really …

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We’re quite lucky this week because the Friday Surgery has managed to get an advance of copy of the Foreword of one of the new 5 Year Forward View's local Sustainability and Transformation Plan document being developed around the UK. Transforming services together - building a healthy footprint for the future The NHS is the greatest achievement in our history …

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Some novel Apps for Simon Steven’s new digital health revolution "Bloody tough times lie ahead for the NHS". This was Simon Stevens' recent big message to the NHS confederation. Ignoring if we can for a second (and it's not easy) the role that his own 5 year privatisation/starvation hybrid vision will play in these 'bloody tough times', he also noted …

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Don't listen to Bruce Keogh anymore - he's had his 'lamb moment' I had a key moment on my NHA general election campaign last year. We were struggling to get press coverage at a time when my conservative counterpart, Tim Loughton, had a regular column in the local paper. My friend Dave noted that one of the times I had …

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Building a nation of referendum turkeys- The Brexit NHS debate “Leaving the European Union could allow the UK government to spend an extra £100m a week on the NHS by 2020” Michael Gove So, there are a group of farm turkeys in a turkey coop. One day a particularly clever turkey unexpectedly learns how to undo the gate. This leaves the turkeys with …

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There are no more NHS rabbits coming out of the hat folks - a call to action for NHA Supporters I don’t imagine that there were many combined ventures that the world-famous magician David Copperfield and my older brother Justin embarked upon together but one such moment was responsible for my lifelong mistrust of magicians. I was seven years old and sitting …

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Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) induced hospital closures- welcome to the new generation of NHS estate agents Encounters with estate agents are not necessarily known for their entertainment value. However years ago I had one such encounter that I still remember fondly to this day. I went to see a flat in Leytonstone, London. Things started badly when I realised …

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