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Time for Chip and PIN card payment

Is the cheque obsolete as a payment method? Well not quite according to the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company which reveals that in the UK in 2017 some four hundred and five million cheques were issued either as payments or to draw cash. Nevertheless this does represent a 15% reduction in cheque volumes and continues […]

Treating the person not the condition

The importance of treating the patient not the condition has been brought into sharp focus by a Cambridge University study published in the British Journal of General Practice. Reviewing the health records of more than 400,000 adults, the study revealed that 30% of females and 24.4% of males were suffering from more than one health […]

Too cold for snow: An Olympic lesson

If you are a fan of winter sports then there is a fair chance that the Winter Olympic Games may deliver a pinnacle of sporting viewing. However, as all sports fans know only too well, truly memorable contests come about when athletes are able to perform to the best of their ability. And that requires […]

Flu: Catch it, report it, deliver care

In December we wrote about the challenges faced by A&E departments and in the process made a passing mention of the effects of winter flu on the health service. Now that potential has become a reality with “Australian flu” rapidly spreading across the country and in the process placing even further strains on health provision. […]

Waiting for A&E care

Accident & Emergency; we can’t live without it but it appears that increasingly we are having to be patient if we have need of its services. So much so that research carried out by the BBC has revealed that in the past year three million A&E attendees had to wait in excess of four hours […]

Time to heal? Consult your body clock.

What is your clock telling you? Time for lunch, time for that next appointment, or maybe it is something far more profound which could affect your entire wellbeing. Perhaps the answer depends on which clock you have tuned into. The clock on the wall may be telling you one thing, your body clock quite another. […]

Mental health is everyone’s problem

It scarcely seems a year ago when we were celebrating World Mental Health Day and examining the 2016 theme of psychological first aid. Now we are returning to the subject, looking at this year’s theme of mental health in the workplace. It’s a fitting topic for this twenty-fifth World Mental Health Day, highlighting the way […]

Suffering from cyber-chondria?

Feeling a bit funny?  Worried about those lumps and bumps?  Got a strange collection of symptoms which don’t seem to add up?  Yes you may need to consult your doctor, but you should also be prepared to be told that you are suffering from a newly identified disease which according to a recent study is […]

Opening the door to physiotherapy

The government’s announcement that it intends to fund an extra 10,000 training places for nurses, midwives and other health professionals has been welcomed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP). Whilst the exact breakdown between the various disciplines is as yet unclear, any increase in physiotherapy training has to be welcomed. Despite an increase of […]

Paying by card?

£58 billion! That’s the total spend on all credit and debit cards in the UK in April 2017, the most recent figures available at the time of writing. Credit cards accounted for just short of £17 billion, whilst the debit card spend was boosted by the growing acceptance of contactless payments. Overall our growing love […]