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Row over nursing training highlights NHS 'entitlement culture'

Posted by: beyondtheheadlinesFri, 17 May 2013

Jeremy Hunt believes that the only way to embed a culture of compassion in our nurses is to compel them to work as a healthcare assistant for a year before receiving funding to train as a student nurse. No wonder the RCN hair called this idea ‘stupid’, writes Dr Brunet

GPs have been subject to a 'Friends and Family' test for years already

Posted by: beyondtheheadlinesMon, 15 Apr 2013

Patients are already choosy about which GP they register with, argues Dr Martin Brunet, so introducing a formal ‘Friends and Family’ test won’t make us perform better or work harder

New hypertension targets in the QOF will create a wave of dissent

Posted by: beyondtheheadlinesMon, 8 Apr 2013

At my estimate, four in five patients will refuse to comply with new QOF guidelines on statin prescribing when they understand the risks involved. How can the Government expect it to work?

Just because we're not at the top of a league table it doesn't mean it's time to relegate us

Posted by: beyondtheheadlinesWed, 20 Mar 2013

Why does Jeremy Hunt believe it’s fair to accuse the UK of ‘lagging behind’ other countries in terms of health?

Dementia DES critics are not 'the usual suspects' of health campaigns

Posted by: beyondtheheadlinesMon, 4 Mar 2013

Jeremy Hunt has accused GPs of nihilism and naivety over dementia care - but Dr Martin Brunet’s not convinced the health secretary has patients’ best interests at heart.