20
JUL
2013

Quote? Unquote

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I like quoting Einstein. Know why? Because nobody dares contradict you.—Studs Terkel Funnily enough, Einstein did not say Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. Nor did Confucius, Benjamin Franklin or Freud. Nor did Einstein say Not everything...
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17
JUL
2013

NHS special measures: making the right diagnosis

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According to The guardian “The Keogh review [published yesterday, 16 July] into high death rates at 14 NHS trusts has not found a disaster on the scale of Mid Staffs, but rather the more banal spectacle of mediocre hospitals, struggling to meet one improvement target after...
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10
JUL
2013

Are referendums democratic?

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There is some discussion about whether the British public should be offered a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union.   Here are some arguments against the idea that the referendum is a part of the democratic process: (1) The issue is too complex to be...
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04
JUL
2013

Compassionate care

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When my mother was ill last year in hospital, it gave me some opportunities to be curious about how the staff were with her and with each other. Every morning, someone would come around and ask her what she wanted in her meals for the rest of the day. It was always one of two...
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25
JUN
2013

Harassment v free speech

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Are laws designed to protect individuals and minority groups from offence and harassment inhibiting free speech? A discussion recently on BBC Radio 4’s Unreliable evidence addressed this question with some high powered contributors. An activist for disability rights, Bethan...
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