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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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The Friday Surgery

The Doctor is moonlighting as an exam marker this week and with a staff shortage of 70,000 we couldn't find a locum to replace him. Normal service will resume next week. Have a great weekend from the NHA team

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The Friday Surgery

Sustainability and Transformation footprints, 5 year forward views and mysterious strangers at the bar This week the Friday surgery attempts the Herculean task of translating the Five Year Forward View and the Sustainability and Transformation Plan into plain English. To do so we've been forced to place Jeremy Hunt in a pub. It's the evening of September 5th, 2012 and …

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The new Department of Work and Health? In light of the recent consultation on the future of Jobcentre plus, and the decision to trial job coaches in GP surgeries, this week The Friday Surgery thinks through the implications of such a move. Dear Messrs Cameron, Hunt and Crabb, I hope you don't mind me writing to you after reading about …

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The Friday Surgery – Dementia Tests Strike Back!

  This week our Friday Surgery is written by Dr Veronika Wagner, expert in mental health. Dementia Tests Strike Back! Early reports are coming in from across the country that even cognitive screening tests are ganging up on David Cameron. Several doctors report that patients respond with expletive-laden outbursts when asked the name of the Prime Minister (a standard question …

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The Propco scandal is the new low in government brutality- finally laying the NHS ‘conspiracy theory’ to rest It was the final straw.   The news that the 5 Year Forward plan’s new Sustainability and Transformation Plans included charging the NHS market rents for its own properties.  Struggling GP surgeries and Community Hospitals owned by PropCo will now have to find in …

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Dr Carl Walker is busy this week so we've brought in a locum. With the kind permission of Dr Andrew Lowes, originally posted in Junior Drs' contract forum. Dear women of England, I'm an anaesthetic and intensive care junior doctor who has worked in the NHS for 9 years. For full disclosure I'm also a man. Yes one of those …

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The Friday Surgery

The REAL reasons behind the A&E crisis- a Martian perspective Imagine that a neighbouring planet decided one day to send a medical ambassador out to see if they could learn anything from the way that they provide healthcare in other parts of the galaxy. Now they've never held Earth in particularly high esteem but since they’ve finished all the other …

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                  “You mean to say that’s not actually the NHS?”- Using Mars Bars to explain the NHS kitemark scandal I did a talk very recently in Shoreham on the NHS. It was my standard ‘this is what’s happening to the NHS and this is what you can do about it’ talk. I …

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