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?
Operation follow-up appointments are being cut across England to save money, in a move which could affect the health of patients without private medical insurance, according to a report revealed by Pulse magazine. What impact do you think this will have? Is Dr Fielding right in implying that this will cost more in the long run?
Do you think the Department of Health should be more involved?
Good teachers who push themselves too hard should be given sabbaticals to recover, the new chief schools inspector has said. But with all the holiday they already get, as well as the cost this will add to the taxpayer, do you think they should get more holiday? What effect do you think it will have?
Thousands of NHS operations and appointments have been cancelled and rescheduled as a result of the public sector strike today. Have you taken part in the strikes today? If so why? Do you think enough precautions were taken so as to ensure patient safety?