Posts by Tony

A Tough Question

“So, what is madness?” This was the question posed to me by a friend. Obvious and easy answer I thought, seeing as this is part of the job I do day in and day out. “Well, its…” and then I stopped. I couldn’t answer it. Not if I wanted to produce an accurate and true […]


Wake up and smell the (decaffeinated) coffee.

So Great Britain isn’t so great after all. Perhaps this isn’t news for many but I was very surprised to read that Britain is well down the list on the WHO league table of health care (see link and go to p18) I always thought, in true English stiff upper lip and arrogant fashion that […]


A confusion of words?

I am fascinated by the use of words. Well, I should say that I am fascinated by how people use certain words to present a desirable image of themselves. An everyday example is the obvious one of politicians – you can see them deliberatel pausing several times in an interview to think carefully about what […]


Public Spending? stop moaning

Like many others, there was a time in my life that I was skint. Didn’t have two ha’pennies to rub together (to use a colloquium of my mother’s). I’m sure many of you are nodding your head in agreement, with a sorrowful sigh of remembrance. But I wanted my ha’pennies – to be precise I […]


Registered Nurse Plumber?

I have noted with interest over the years that nurses (and I am one)  have had an attitude of “I can do that. Give me that job” and indeed nurses have expanded their role quite considerably. When accused of trying to be ‘mini doctors’ nurses have responded ‘no we are maxi nurses’.  We have clearly demonstrated that […]


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A Critical Observation of Critical Insurance

Like many people, I have a mortgage and with it, the necessary life insurance. With mine, I took out the ‘critical cover’ – what this means is that if I die, the mortgage is paid off and if I become ill and cannot work, then the mortgage is paid off. But stop…if I become ill? […]


Drug addiction?

Photo by taiyofj : Flickr click image There have been many discussions on over reliance/ dependence on medication over the years. Personally, I do think that both public and professionals rely too much on pill popping. I certainly feel a degree of sympathy for GP’s who have a few minutes to decide on someone’s illness and treatment plan. […]


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Holistic fantasies revealed

It would be foolish to say that nursing – indeed any health profession I know – offers true holistic health care. Sure, we talk the talk of being holistic. We say that we cater for all needs and care for the individual – a principle that is enshrined in the Code of Conduct. And yes, […]


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A sporting yarn

There was once a cricketer who enjoyed his sport and got rather good at it. One day, the cricketer bumped into a footballer and said“Hello, I’m a professional sportsman just like you!” The footballer looked at the cricketer with great disdain. “No you’re not” “Yes I am” cried the cricketer in dismay. The cricketer went […]


Health Promotion?

I’m getting a bit tired of the emphasis on just promoting physical health – what about mental health? Of course, five portions of fruit and vegetables are important, so is not smoking etc – of course mental health nurses have a role in this, but…   When I became a mental health nurse, it was […]