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Group therapy

Anyone with an interest in the NHS will be fully aware of the plight of our mental health services. Then again, maybe not, because, despite a number of worrying stories concerning contracting budgets, shrinking numbers of acute beds and vastly

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What’s up, doc?

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing isn’t it? Apparently, professional musicians find it hard to enjoy listening to music – especially their own – because all they hear are the little mistakes and variations that pass the rest of

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Sharing patient data – a medical necessity or a commercial exploitation?

With more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare communications, both inside and outside the NHS, it didn’t come as much of a shock to learn this week that 13 years of hospital data – covering 47 million patients – was

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When is free really free?

“Free” is apparently the most powerful word in advertising copy. More powerful, even, than the word “sex”. Anyway, I’ve been thinking. When is free really free? When was the last time you weren’t disappointed by proving the advertising copy writers’

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Who ate all the porky pies?

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, eh? So the old adage goes, usually ironically, for those of us in the business. Clearly not everyone has the same sense of irony. As it’s part of

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The NHS needs YOU!

Wanted. Business leaders to save the NHS. £90-110k. Public sector workers need not apply. This ad (well, the gist of it anyway) appeared in last weekend’s Sunday Times. It launched a national campaign to recruit “experienced business leaders from outside

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A Christmas message from Great Aunt Santé

Gosh! Where does the time go? It seems only yesterday that I was writing my last Christmas newsletter to you all – or, as I know you all like to call it, “Aunt Sante’s Clause”. As head of the family

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Institutionalised thinking

I assume there’s a way of customising your laptop such that you can match the email alert noise to a sender or the subject. Having mastered the art of getting a klaxon to go off when I get a call

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Is the NHS going to the dogs?

What’s you’re recurring nightmare? Actors frequently dream about walking on stage and not knowing their words. Or, walking on and realising they’re naked. More years ago than I care to impart after graduating, I still wake up every so often,

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Common sense – falling on deaf ears?

Warren Buffet – Sage of Omaha and multi-millionaire investor is amongst several people to whom the saying, “well, it may be all right in practice, it’ll never work in theory…” is attributed. He might equally have quoted Burns’ well-worn phrase,

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