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…

“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

Healthcare & Volatility

Working At Scale General Practice / Primary Care has been around for a long time in the UK (since 1911).  It is currently going through a massive transition due to funding cuts by the government, the pressures of having to deal with today's needy patients and the increased work load being transferred from Secondary Care… Continue reading Healthcare & Volatility

NHS Startup Part XVII – The End

Gosh, it's been a long time since I posted about my startup. I've decided that this will be the last blog post which talks about the minutiae of my startup and the challenges a new company in the healthcare scene has to face in the UK. The reason this will be the last update is… Continue reading NHS Startup Part XVII – The End

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

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

NHS Hacked! The Great FHIR Wall Of The NHS Is Broken.

It's ironic how badly the NHS has been affected by ransomware.  I've been having talks with people about this a lot recently. Right now my startup is jumping through hoops to comply with (outdated) data compliance issues and get access to the NHS N3 network, which is supposedly the NHS' secure server system.  The actual… Continue reading NHS Hacked! The Great FHIR Wall Of The NHS Is Broken.

If Marcus Aurelius Were A Doctor

When a man kisses his child, said Epictetus, he should whisper to himself, "To-morrow perchance thou wilt die."- But those are words of bad omen.- "No word is a word of bad omen," said Epictetus, "which expresses any work of nature; or if it is so, it is also a word of bad omen to… Continue reading If Marcus Aurelius Were A Doctor

Healthcare Models

I. Healthcare Models If you go to the USA a lot of the people there are unhappy with the state of their healthcare system.  They feel that it's too expensive, that they pay way more than any other country in terms of percentage of GDP compared to the rest of the world and yet there… Continue reading Healthcare Models