'Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all' - Arthur Balfour, Conservative Prime Minister 1902-05

This page links to the text of published articles mainly in the non-medical press and online.

national press

A Times article, written with John Nottingham, a Consultant Pathologist from Northampton, is on the topic of health screening, and was published on 24 July 2001. This is a subject which generates a lot of confusion in the public mind, confusion which is compounded by a similar lack of understanding on the part of politicians and the media (see also the popular medicine page).

regional press

I've also linked to a series of articles written for the Yorkshire Post on UK medical politics:

and the CCGs

And there have been a couple of others, but all a bit samey.

and letters:

Letters to the 'quality' press are quite a good way to hone your writing skills. You get a feel for what the letters editors will and won't find deserving of publication, and playing the game with them is quite a good way of developing a journalistic style.  As you learn the unwritten rules, you'll find your strike rate improves steadily. 

Topics are pretty varied. There's the victim culture, for example, and a response to an article suggesting that at one time, enormous guinea pigs existed in South America.  Couldn't resist contributing to the debate over the 2008 atheist bus adverts saying there's probably no god.  The same was true when a believer claimed to feel sorry for the supposed plight of atheists when the last trump sounded, and I also felt obliged to respond to arrogant theists claiming a monopoly on compassion.  This was one of my favourites, and I couldn't ignore the story of the only man to have been caught up in both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb blasts, especially as it came in the middle of a cold snap that reduced public transport to a crawl. Then there was a reply to concerns over the adverse effects on our children of mobile phone use, and a slightly ungracious dig at New Labour.

Naturally, there are lots of letters on NHS issues raised in the paper - issues such as the target culture; the good value given by GPs; a slightly tart  response to the suggestion that nurses should smile more; an explanation of the fact that the new consultant contract had not resulted in us doing more work and a slightly despairing protest at politicians' inability to admit the self-evident fact that rationing of services is inevitable in any healthcare system. More recently, there was the sad case of the out-of-hours locum GP who inadvertently overdosed a patient with heroin. 

I couldn't resist another dig at Charlie, then, of course, there's spitting.


In January 2010, I began contributing a regular blog to the Hospital Doctor online magazine, and I have also begun contributing to Humanist Life (there are links to a couple of individual articles on the humanist page of this site).

Then there are blogs at this site, and another one here.