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In November ealth today - what a minefield! The NHS, probably this country's greatest achievements, is seen by many as doomed- alongside fears that it is no longer sustainable, safe or effective.
These questions drive my work as a freelance medical journalist and blogger whether in the context of treatment of individual conditions, the ethical issues that dominate healthcare decision-making or an examination of what it means to be a patient today - whether you're having a baby, living with a long-term disorder, coping with an emergency or staying healthy as you age.
Despite the problems, there are enough good sign to feel positive about the NHS and healthcare in the UK and throughout the world. For me, this leads to realistic coverage of breakthroughs in technology and drug research, investigation of the most effective methods of living with long-term illness and the role of diet particularly for older people and those living with metabolic syndrome. I am also interested in establishing a balance to ensure that health professionals feel supported and motivated while also able to acknowledge error and facilitate informed consent and shared decision-making - and at the same time .
Whether you are a patient, a relative, a healthcare professional or a commissioning editor, thanks for reading!