Everyone Should Be On Statins!

This is the mantra of the medical profession. When I am seeing patients basically every man over the age of 60 and every woman over the age of 75 is advised to be started on a statin.  The algorithms on my computer (anyone with a QRISK2 score over 10% is advised to start on a… Continue reading Everyone Should Be On Statins!

Why Your Family Doctor Tells You To Go Away And Take Paracetamol/Tylenol

This post may get a little heavy on theory and scientific jargon.  Possibly one of the reasons why there are often so many disagreements between patients and physicians. Introduction I was having dinner yesterday evening with some friends.  At the table there were a group of doctors, a computer scientist, a technical consultant and a… Continue reading Why Your Family Doctor Tells You To Go Away And Take Paracetamol/Tylenol

This Is What Starting A Business Looks Like

Starting a startup is hard work.  It's a very different kind of "hard" work than what most jobs require.  It's not as difficult physically, as doing something like construction and it's not as intellectually demanding as something like medical school.  However it is emotionally and psychologically draining as there is so much uncertainty involved. Not only… Continue reading This Is What Starting A Business Looks Like

The Case For Private Businesses In The NHS

As a GP and entrepreneur, with my own software being used in the NHS, I have found that my opinion has continually changed with regards to businesses in the NHS. I used to think as a junior doctor that a lot of the private companies dealing with the NHS were evil for two main reasons:… Continue reading The Case For Private Businesses In The NHS

This Is Why We Can Change The NHS

The people at the top of the NHS, it is widely thought, have it so easy.  If they just had the sense to engage with the public and front line staff then they could make things better, cheaper and more efficient. The people on the front lines of the NHS such as junior doctors, nurses… Continue reading This Is Why We Can Change The NHS

Ignorance Is Strength

I was reading some George Orwell and I came across this quote: "In our society, those who have the best knowledge of what is happening are also those who are furthest from seeing the world as it is. In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane."  These… Continue reading Ignorance Is Strength

NHS Startup Part XV – “It’s Up To Us Now.”

We launched a new phase of our app for our patients and Primary Care services this week.  The build for this phase was huge and we have been steadily working on it for the previous four months (designing, building, testing, messing up ad nauseum). I think we've really nailed what we intended to do.  As… Continue reading NHS Startup Part XV – “It’s Up To Us Now.”