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 …

Moral intuitions

There is a lot of evidence that we form our judgements emotionally. And then our moral reasoning simply serves as a rationalisation of already formed prejudices. That’s quite an observation. But is it true? Are we really essentially emotional beings who seek to justify our emotionally reactive positions? And might this explain why so few …