About – Speaking out for our NHS

What NHSreality is trying to do is give a balanced and fearless view of OUR NHS. Media coverage often appears to be critical, but we do want the “good news” stories as well. We intend to avoid the naming of individuals except for politicians and political figures. It is now possible for me to interview you over Skype (Audio only) and incognito if you wish.

By getting the people who really know to tell everyone who wishes to hear, we hope to initiate and report on a change in culture within the NHS.

If NHSreality occasionally reproduces whole articles I do so with apology. The Health Services are too important to stint on the opportunity to put out as much information and opinion as possible.

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SPEAK OUT

If you either work now, or used to work in the NHS, either employed directly or under contract, we would welcome your contribution. Spread the word… and take a questionnaire – from Survey Monkey.

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th U.S. president

(No naming or any risk of libel/slander please.)

If you wish to contact me or to volunteer for an interview please e-mail me at RogerEmail

Examples of Interview Questions 3– I have no objection to anyone sending me an audio file but it should be as short as possible and no longer than 30 minutes duration. If it has a name and region attached it will be listed, but if it is incognito I will need evidence that it is bona fide.

I have a Politicians interviews. Once again please suggest improvements.

I would also be grateful if readers would take a questionnaire – from Survey Monkey.

My prediction is that the financial imperative, the dominance of “emergency” medicine to trump all other needs, will mean slowly but surely the softer areas of the health services, such as dementia, psychiatry and disability will be downgraded. Covert rationing by knee-jerk decisions will increase and only when there are sufficient numbers of the public with stories of failure that the politicians have to act, will something happen… Combining Health and Social Services had potential, but only when there was enough money to make the changes. Now the risks of failure are very high..

About Roger Burns – retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner-up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas’ Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem, but the perpetual human predicament is that the answer soon poses its own problems.”
  —  Sydney J. Harris

The Critique of the NHS in Wikipedia is necessarily superficial.

Update 1st September 2015: An apology regarding links

A reader has pointed out that some of my links, especially to NHSreality former postings, do not work.

I do not intend to go back and amend, but will try to get the links right in future.

Meanwhile, if you have a link that fails to work, and you wish to follow, please open a second window and cut and paste the text into the search panel. This should get to the link.

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