It All Starts With An Idea

Two fish swam past one another. One turns to the other and says: "The water's nice today isn't it?" After a few minutes the second fish thought to himself: "What's water???" Ideas are valuable. Ideas are the birthplace of innovation, entrepreneurship and value creation. The problem in today's world is that many ideas go unquestioned… Continue reading It All Starts With An Idea

What Your Mother Can Teach You About Sales

(Before I tell you this story, I would just like to say a big thank you to my mother.  She's really an amazing woman and this is just one of the many indirect lessons she has taught me over the years.) I had a crisis of confidence before I started medical school.  I nearly didn't… Continue reading What Your Mother Can Teach You About Sales

If You Keep Doing More Stuff, You Will End Up Poorer, Less Healthy And Less Smart

Subtraction I would say that around two-thirds of the patients I see in my clinic every day have problems related to something that they are choosing to do. Chest infections caused by smoking. Back pain as a result of sitting down all day and even after work. Diabetes due to poor diet. I seem to… Continue reading If You Keep Doing More Stuff, You Will End Up Poorer, Less Healthy And Less Smart

This Is Why You’re Wrong About The Future Of The NHS

The large majority of the public don't know anything about health and therefore healthcare provision. The majority of journalists and politicians who write and speak about the NHS don't know anything about working in healthcare and therefore the realities of delivering healthcare to actual patients. If these two statements are true, then it's safe to… Continue reading This Is Why You’re Wrong About The Future Of The NHS

Things Your Doctor Can’t Do…

Maybe one day I'll hang this list in the waiting room of my clinic: I can't cure your cold  I can't give you antibiotics for your cold I can't give you antibiotics for your flu I can't give you antibiotics for your diarrhoea of two days  I can't give you antibiotics for sinus congestion I… Continue reading Things Your Doctor Can’t Do…

Life Isn’t Fair, But If You Don’t Get This Simple Point You’ll Always Be A Sucker

Life is very unfair.  As much as we all wish that the success we enjoy in life is a direct consequence of our well thought out actions and intentions, it probably isn't.  If you were born poor in rural Bangladesh, could you still confidently say that your quality of life would be as good as… Continue reading Life Isn’t Fair, But If You Don’t Get This Simple Point You’ll Always Be A Sucker

“Disruption” Is For Fools

Every week there seems to be a news story on how an app has been developed to "disrupt" the healthcare industry.  I despise what this term has come to mean and as soon as I hear someone say it, I know I'm speaking with a fool. "The Uber of Healthcare!" "The Amazon of prescription drugs!"… Continue reading “Disruption” Is For Fools