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  • Captain Mainwaring’s CasualtyLate April 2016. As hospital consultants and staff doctors across England prepare for the first ever full walk out by junior doctors, similar preparations take place at Walmington-on-Sea… Scene: The local District General Hospital Casualty Departm...
  • A Tale of Two ThickiesOf all the reasons to end a long and bitter industrial dispute, imposing an unwelcome contract on a demoralised workforce to "end the uncertainty" has to be the most bizarre, given the inevitable outcome of the imposition will be not less,...
  • The Hair of the Dame
    on Jan 11, 2016 in Bad Stats Coercive Healthism
    After the season of good will, the season of bad omen. More Blu-Tack than tack sharp, Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, stuck at the end of last week to her message that there was no such thing as a safe limit to alcohol consumption, but...
  • The Last Junior DoctorAs the post nuclear option Heremy Junt/BMA contract row rumbles on behind the scenes – the top hit on google news today for junior doctor contract is a three day old blog post on Conservative Home by a psychiatrist sorely in need of Photoshop if ev...
  • The Strike That Passed in the Night
    on Dec 2, 2015 in Mismanagement Working in the NHS
    At the eleventh hour, the BMA suspended the junior doctors’ strike. It hasn’t been called off entirely, it may still happen, but probably won’t. As a conspiracy theorist, Dr No suspects the whole shebang was a clever ruse by the doctors: a stri...
  • Bitter Pill for Sugar Tax
    on Oct 13, 2015 in Bad Stats Coercive Healthism
    Britain and sugar go back a long way, and the history is not that glorious. Sugar, or white gold as it was known, was reason for the infamous trade triangle, the round trip that took slaves from Africa to the American colonies, sugar from the colonia...
  • Poldark by Gaslight
    on Sep 8, 2015 in Dodgy Practice
    Dr No approached last Sunday evening’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (BBC1) in a bad mood, having just had his computer freeze up in the last moments of an ebay auction he was particularly keen to win. Maybe there’s an app out there baddies can use t...
  • Where Have All the Dements Gone?
    on Aug 21, 2015 in Bad Stats
    Those who are smug about data security have this week had their assertions torn asunder once again. The Ashley Madison hack – Dr No rather liked Henry Tudor’s tweet ‘Cromwell was my Ashley Madison. He got hacked too’ – reminds us that data...
  • Dragons’ Den: The Commissioners
    on Aug 10, 2015 in Spoofs
    2017: Mid term and the Tories have got fed up with pesky doctor led clinical commissioning groups. The government fires all medical commissioners and appoints its own chosen panel members, often high profile individuals with no understanding of the h...
  • Not Entirely AppropriateSupposed once by David ‘Hug a Hoodie’ Cameron to be the embodiment of big society in a way that say dear Joanna Lumley never could be, Camila Batmanthingy exploded last week as her charity Kids Company imploded. Boy, was it a big explosion, as if...
  • Breaking Bad
    on Jul 29, 2015 in The Media Working in the NHS
    Like a pair of blind impotent bulls, Humph and Jimbo crashed about the Today studio this morning, breaking bad, but not much in the way of news. The programme reverberated to the dull thud of blunt horns getting stuck in wooden stories. Humph deploye...
  • Deaths In Custody
    on Jul 28, 2015 in General Medical Council
    News last week that there were 17 deaths in or following police custody in 2014/15 in England and Wales has rekindled outrage at the scandal and led to the usual political wails. Theresa May, announcing an inquiry into the deaths, said they ‘repres...
  • Zombie Patients
    on Jul 16, 2015 in Bad Stats Mismanagement
    Writing in the well-known Blue Top, the BMJ, Margaret McCartney, a fellow scourge of Bad Medicine, recently described the 16% higher chance of death if you are admitted to hospital over the weekend as a zombie statistic. The essence of a zombie stati...
  • Prolapsed Participles
    on Jul 7, 2015 in General Medical Council
    Good medical practice, perhaps, but bad English. Absolutely Stilton’s announcement of his latest hair shirt guidance for doctors, absolutely jointly produced with the Nursing and Midwifery Council so that it applies to nurses and midwives as well,...
  • Shoots You, Sir
    on Jun 24, 2015 in Coercive Healthism Dodgy Practice
    If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then news about news is the last refuge of a desperate editor. In an editorial in the BMJ this week, Ben Goldacre and Carl Heneghan report on ‘extensive news coverage’ of a ‘leaked letter’ from...
  • Ill WindsThe other day we had David Cameron getting pumped up about a seven day NHS. Pumped up is the New Tory, but a lot of old hats were still put on pegs, some hats more moth-eaten than others. JC (of the Department of Health Sunshine Band) was wheeled ont...
  • Docs Told To Stick Drugs Where Sun Don’t Shine
    on May 15, 2015 in Dodgy Practice
    Despite the colour scheme, Bad Medicine is not a red-top, but sometimes a red-top headline doesn’t do any harm, unlike over-diagnosis and over-treatment. The campaign against the problem of meddlesome doctors, a problem that has been around for as...
  • The Fly-Away Election
    on May 10, 2015 in Miscellaneous
    There’s no doubt that, in no particular order, the BBC, the SNP and the Tories won the election, just as, in no particular order, Labour, the Lib Dems and the Kippers lost the election. If any one moment defined election night, it was Mouldy Auld S...
  • Hard Working Politicians
    on Apr 17, 2015 in Miscellaneous
    The election manifestos have been delivered, like tickets from a parking machine, along with their announcement speeches. Perhaps Dr No has a forgotten cotton wool bud stuck in each ear, but it seems to him that the tones and voices of the three main...
  • Windmills of the Mind
    on Mar 31, 2015 in Miscellaneous
    In the second part of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, Louis Theroux went a whiter shade of pale. In Part One, the patients had been linear: given time, though the content was often horrific, sometimes bizarre, they talked straight. Louis wandered,...
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