Wearing your heart on your sleeve isn’t a weakness – it’s a strength

  I was bullied something chronic at school. An only child with no sense of what was in vogue, happier to listen to Bob Dylan or Simon and Garfunkel than Now albums, on non-uniform days I wore floral dresses instead of jeans (the horror!) I was never in with the cool kids, and for years … Continue reading Wearing your heart on your sleeve isn’t a weakness – it’s a strength

In the NHS ‘Fight song’ isn’t one we should ever have to sing

On June 30th in London we celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS. A 70th birthday party should be a happy affair; a chance to reflect on a long and fruitful life lived, a time to rejoice in the triumphs and benefits of deeds done and lessons learned, a time to come together and be … Continue reading In the NHS ‘Fight song’ isn’t one we should ever have to sing

Healthcare is a human right, but now it feels like a privilege

Last night my partner was very ill. This normally fit and well 30-something doubled up in agony (a score of 9 he said) and I felt pretty useless. I don’t drive so I couldn’t make the trip up to hospital, and to be frank it would have been a near impossibility for him to stand … Continue reading Healthcare is a human right, but now it feels like a privilege