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It’s behind you…!

The end of the party conferences provided an early panto experience. The party conference season is over for another year and we can all now get back to being confused about whether we’re leaving / remaining / voting again. Still, the few weeks’ worth of rousing speeches that begins with the Lib Dems, and ends with…

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Sunny uplands ahead?

Uphill struggles – actual and metaphorical – are something of a theme this week: I’ve been huffing and puffing my way up and down some actual (and very steep) Pyrenean mountains. It’s an annual thing. A group of around seven blokes with wildly mixed levels of fitness, we’ve kept the hike going for 27 years. The…

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Northern EXPOsure

The end of the affair So, that’s it then for the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo for this year – and indeed, for ever. Next year’s Expo will be a joint affair with NHS Confederation called, imaginatively, ConfedExpo. The Expo started around ten years ago and was held at London Dockland’s vast ExCel conference…

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Eat, bray, love

Are you Eeyore or Tigger? A selflessly positive Pollyanna or a right Debbie Downer? As Eeyore would say, who cares anyway? It turns out that we should all care because, earlier in the week, news broke that we must all try to retain an upbeat, positive frame of mind in order to live longer and healthier…

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You have to be Skidding me

It’s hard to feel any sort of sympathy for politicians at the best of times. These days, being so far removed from anything remotely resembling the best of times, even the most compassionate hearts are hardening towards the people who are supposed to represent us. So, just when you thought your flabber could not be…

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40 years on

If the 1960’s was something of a sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll-fuelled party, the 1970’s was the head splitting hangover. It was not a happy decade. Hard to believe now that we had to go shopping with a lighted candle or torchlight because of the sudden and unscheduled power cuts. Worse, all TV broadcasting…

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Testing the temperature at Health+Care 2019

To my eyes, this year’s Health+Care was as huge an event as ever – but was I alone in thinking that the healthcare section was a bit smaller than in previous years, and that the residential and home care section was a bit bigger? If I’m right, then perhaps it’s analogous of the way things…

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NHS – Trump doesn’t buy it

Reports circulating this week suggested that President Trump was eyeing up the NHS. Well, at least it wasn’t him eyeing up a female member of the Royal Household. So, on the basis that he really did mean NHS and not BHS, what was it all about? Rather like the State visit itself, the NHS-for-sale story…

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