Published May 26, 2005
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9780415351553 - CAT# RU51553
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Does your doctor really care about you? Do you have time to care about your patients in the middle of all the red tape? Can we claw back tender, loving healthcare before losing sight of what it is?
The medical machine is spinning out of control. Making the NHS better is about people, not about politics and posturing. It’s about recognising that, well or ill, we’re in it together.
Being promised we’ll be able to choose our hospital tomorrow is cold comfort when fighting to see a doctor today. From the pitfalls of communication to waiting lists, MMR to MRSA, this book discusses things we know of but may know little about; the ins and outs, drivers and obstacles, to treating each other well. The first half is a novel, an engaging story set across doctors’ surgeries, cafes, pubs and homes. A story about a woman with a neurological illness who also has depression, her conscientious consultant who worries too much about everything while his GP wife anguishes over MMR, an oncologist with terminal cancer, a hospital manager with a heart, even a love-life. A series of accessible, informative essays then explores the ‘big issues’ that beset the NHS today, from the political football of choice, to jargon, mistakes and superbugs.
Essential and enjoyable reading for anyone who uses or works in healthcare, this book argues that it can be rescued, become human again, if we all help.
'This important original book ought to be in every doctor's waiting room...[It] is written with a hopeful, generous, meditating intelligence: doctors and patients need imagination. And be the end of the novel, many of the characters felt like friends.' - The Observer
'Her book is definately a quality learning vehicle, just what the doctor ordered. And the patients, too.' - The Observer
'This is a book which is stimulating, informative and fun to read.' - Camden New Journal