The great unvaccinated

In the preface to his tome, the English historian and antiquarian Thomas Wright used the words that it was “a book of life among the working classes”.  He wrote that at the very least, the lower classes deserved the book’s title “The Great Unwashed” (London, 1868). How judgemental, divisive and socially offensive this seems today.  …

Covid and mRNA vaccines – a bit of truth

To trigger an immune response, vaccines have traditionally put a weakened or inactivated bacterium or virus into our bodies. That’s is a potential problem with highly virulent viruses such as Covid. Instead, mRNA vaccines use ‘Messenger RNA’ created in a laboratory to teach our cells how to make a protein or even just a piece …

The Doves and the Hawks of Covid

Covid, not to exaggerate, has ravaged our nation. The lockdown was severe in every regard – social, financial, employment, commerce, education, childcare, transport, aviation, leisure, mental health, sport, hospitality, religious gatherings, weddings, funerals, civil liberties and more. Of course, at the outset we knew so little of this disease that was galloping through the world, …

A career’s reflection on the NHS part 2 – pre Covid 19

Political intervention is usually unhelpful and cross party working is needed Over my 47 years, reorganisations, new systems, new contracts and new targets all came in different colours.  But during my life as an A&E Consultant, I have witnessed a lot of 2nd World care. If anyone believes A&E is in a sudden crisis they …

A career’s reflection on the NHS

It is early 2020.  We have missed the A&E target for 4 years.  A&E waits make headlines, and some predict being charged massively overpriced sums for drugs as Trump claims rights to the NHS as the price of a trade deal.  And privatisation is apparently the secret agenda anyway.  But what are the facts, the …