Author Archives: James Chan

About James Chan

I am the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for The Green Party in the St Helens South and Whiston constituency. I grew up locally, before moving to Leeds in 2004 to study, and now work as an A&E doctor. I currently live in Eccleston, St Helens.

A song for Lansley and his Pals

So the Health and Social Care Bill has reached the Report Stage in the House of Lords and it’s taken a beating already! The Coalition Government have lost the first vote and it’s a sign of things to come. The … Continue reading

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Lansley: a modern day political quack

Back in the olden days, doctors did some questionable things when it came to treating the infirm. A walk through a museum of medicine would pass through a whole host of gruesome remedies and some very odd ideas. Women routinely … Continue reading

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When has public opinion ever mattered?

According to the government, their recent embarrassing defeats in the House of Lords over the Welfare Reform Bill flew in the face of public opinion. They claimed that most of the British population agree that people should get their benefits … Continue reading

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Calling ALL Royal Colleges?

Lansley claims that his reforms are “empowering frontline health professionals”. Outcry from health professionals in all areas signifies that this is not the case. Last week the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nurses came out against … Continue reading

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Petition to reveal Risk Register cover up!

A new petition has been launched to try and get the Risk Register (see this post) released. You can sign it here: https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/27426 Please send this petition link around Facebook and Twitter! We have a long way to go with this, … Continue reading

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The Risk Register

What do we hate more – secrets or lies? It seems to me that The Department of Health are hiding away the Risk Register for the Health and Social Care Bill whilst feeding us a load of lies about how … Continue reading

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Listening exercise: they’ll hear what they want to hear

Andrew Lansley is facing a bit of a crisis. It turns out that not many people support his plans to reform the NHS. On the plus side, he’s managed to successfully unite MC NxtGenUK and Norman Tebbit. On the down … Continue reading

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The 5 stages of grief

An analysis of the political response to the health reforms using the Kübler-Ross model of grief. It usually applies to those grieving a lost loved one. In this case, I apply it to Lansley’s beloved reforms, and their impending death. … Continue reading

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United they stand (on very dodgy ground)

After a highly successful March for the Alternative, successful campaigning from a plethora of campaign groups ranging from the grassroots to large trade unions to ‘online catalysts’, and a rap song, we’re gaining ground. We’re winning important battles but the … Continue reading

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Greedy, tosser and arrogant – so what’s new?

The Lancet. A very well known medical journal to doctors and students, the press, and politicians. All probably regard the journal in high esteem. Why? Didn’t it publish ‘that MMR paper’? Well, yes. Maybe it hasn’t got everything right, but … Continue reading

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