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Once victim, always victim. That’s the law!*

It could almost have been planned. This week, two stories, one fictional, one frighteningly real, plus a road trip to the North, have conspired to set the mind whirring on the subjects of victims, forgiveness and redemption. The fiction, BBC2’s four-parter, The Victim, was quite simply one of the best bits of telly this year –…

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Digitise or disappear?

You can’t go a day without reading or hearing about some new development in ‘digital health’. Just this week we’ve heard how digital technologies can help reduce loneliness in over-50s; that an NHS-funded insomnia app will soon be helping sleep-deprived Londoners get some shut-eye; and that Matt Hancock is awarding £9 million to a host…

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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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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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