Posts by Sara

Keeping things in proportion

“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life…”. So said Yoko Ono. “I try very hard to thank my lucky stars and keep it all in proportion and perspective – but it can be tiring having a smiley face all day.” So said the…

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The wrong side of the law?

‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’ could easily be the title of another NHS policy publication. Actually the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD). Held every 8 March since around the beginning of the last century, IWD is a truly international event. There are several countries in which it’s treated as a…

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You really couldn’t make it up

I suppose there comes a point when you have to stop saying, “you couldn’t make it up”. But fact, it seems, continues to trump fiction – a phrase I bet they don’t use a lot in the corridors of the White House. Brexit and the NHS both continue to deliver such monumentally stupid situations which,…

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How clean is Green?

In her Times column this week, the pin-sharp Libby Purves writes that “the clean-up industry has never been busier”. She points her pen at the likes of Facebook who she describes as scrabbling for respectability. Charities, she says, attempt to persuade us that they are staffed by angels and not lechers and bullies. Numerous #MeToo…

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Breakthrough ‘rehab in the real world’ service appoints Salix & Co to support UK launch

Help Me Stop (HMS), a new provider of affordable and accessible, intensive ‘dayhab’ treatment services for people with alcohol and drug addiction, has appointed health specialist consultancy, Salix & Co, to support its UK launch and provide ongoing public relations and stakeholder engagement support over its three-year roll out period. Adapted from a tried and…

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NHS – get some perspective

You know your country’s in trouble the minute the plane carrying Orla Guerin touches down. Guerin is the excellent BBC reporter who seems to turn up anywhere in the world that’s suffering from some catastrophe or other. She and fellow Hibernian, Fergal Keane have both made a living out of describing human misery in their…

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Taming a Tigger

Matt Hancock could have been forgiven for feeling some little trepidation about his interview with Roy Lilley this week. While taking some comfort that he wasn’t facing a live bruising from Paxman or Andrew Neil, the Healthchat audience would be made up of highly informed health professionals; people who were less interested in the politics…

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Does Bono have a point?

The organisers of the World Economic Forum might just be feeling a bit narked. But, being inscrutably Swiss, you’d probably be hard pushed to tell. Domestic matters have taken precedence over the annual capitalist fest, and a number of the Forum’s political heavyweights were no-shows. President Macron was busy hosing down France’s Gilets Jaunes. Our…

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