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Who monitors the monitor?

(This post is by Kim Moore : BCU Mental Health Nurse Lecturer) Current debates on health services are never far from headline news these days. In the wake of the Stafford Hospitals inquiry and the emerging issues of Morecambe Bay Hospital the role of the Care Quality Commission in monitoring and applying quality assurance standards […]


Troubled to trouble maker? Misrepresenting the ‘120,000 troubled families’ in England

(This post is by Will Murcott Lecturer at BCU) With great interest I again see statistics being used to marginalise and foster unhelpful beliefs about the most vulnerable in society. I welcome the injection of thought and funds into helping those in need, but as shown in a report by Ruth Levitas of the University […]


Time to talk?

This month the mental health team is giving its support to the new campaign hoping to end discrimination against mental health. It’s time to talk, it’s time to change. The statistics show that 1 in 4 of us will need help from Mental Health services during our adult lives. However, we also notice that if […]


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 […]


Cruel world

The events in Bristol must be a source of shame and disgust to us all. I make no attempt to condone the actions of these appalling people but it got me wondering. If you take the conditions in that “hospital” must we fear similar events in the NHS? A national company set up for profit, […]


NHS fails to care for elderly?

No doubt everyone has heard by now that the Health Service ombudsman has published a report which is critical of NHS care of the elderly (Report available here) I have not had time to read the full report but what I have seen is a grim catalogue of neglect and incompetence. It is apparently based […]


Another great reform

Another Great Reform. Ha, Ha, Ha finally the management are getting their come-uppance. These people who have oppressed the working nurses for years are all going to be put out of work. After all it’s their fault that the NHS is in the trouble it is. Isn’t it? Before we celebrate let’s take time for […]