Eric Watts

Plans made to short measure

The familiar winter pressures bring cancelled operations which have become regular features of hospital life. The good British public accept them with customary stoicism, carrying their share of the burden by waiting longer. But such cancellations are costing us dearly, not only through the inconvenience of delayed treatment but through the waste of resources not being….

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More consensus to save our NHS: easy with the Mayo!

How the world’s best hospital gets the best out of its staff – an inspiring presentation at yesterday’s King’s Fund Annual conference from Professor Stephen Swensen of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota – left me with the resounding and redolent irony that a leading US health institution should reject the excesses of marketplace ideals….

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On the Agenda: NHS Debate on prime-time TV

Doctors for the NHS Chair Eric Watts was invited to be part of the studio audience for a new series of topical discussion programmes by ITV, The Agenda. The opening subject of this week’s prime-time debate (18 October, 8-9 pm) was on the financial state of the NHS, and a panel of experts gave their opinions….

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Will Hunt give us numbers now?

With today’s announcement of forthcoming industrial action by Juniors [1] and the revelation last week of profound concerns over the true effects of the STPs throughout England [2], it it timely to point out that the BMA has called for the government to back up, once and for all, what it is claiming about the….

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