The BMA has recommended that the NHS should no longer fund homeopathy, on the grounds that there is no evidence that it works beyond the placebo effect and that it runs counter to all principles of evidence-based medicine. Should homeopathy be funded by the NHS?
Hospital patients are being forced to watch a welcome message from Health Secretary Andrew Lansley on loop in hospitals. And to make matters worse, the only way they can turn him off is registering to pay ?5 a day to use email, phone, and television services. Until then, the â€śbedside entertainment systemsâ€ť which have been installed in about half of the NHS hospitals across the country will continue to play the subtitled message every three minutes. Do you think any good will come out of this initiative? Why do you think this has been done now?
Head of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Dr Peter Carter, has controversially suggested that relatives should fill the elderly care gap, citing lack of nurses as the main reason. But is this really the responsibility of relatives, and is there any value in this other than acting as a band aid to plug the gaps in the health service? comment (16)
Traffic officer David Golding has been jailed for 14 months for passing on genital herpes to his girlfriend. Sexual health charities have branded the sentence "outrageous". What are the consequences of living with herpes? Is 14 months imprisonment too harsh? comment (16)
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has concluded that the Government’s revision of its public sector pension policy is unsuitable and that it will not save money as expected. Would you be happy with the proposed pension deal? What would you change about it if you could?