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  1. On the frontline the price of just about anything just doesn't enter your mind. When i first started training some bits and pieces from wards were still re-used, like the scissors and forceps from suture packs but they would so often get erroneously thrown into clinical waste bins or sharps bins someone made the decision that it was just easier and cheaper to throw it all away. Although such times aren't too common, when you've got a patient swimming in shit and another in sepsis needing antibiotics you don't want to be spending any time separating out waste. I doubt that a cost/benefit analysis has been performed - a quick google revealed only companies advocating it. Actually Google scholar had this, i don't have time to read more than the abstract though.
  2. I think there are two levels to this. There's just some outright corruption - except it's legal, so technically not corruption. I worked for one trust which bought equipment at stupid prices (as ever) from a company belonging to the wife of the trust's CEO. It was reported in the Private Eye but i never saw the story in mainstream media. Then there's outright incompetence. There are some extremely bad middle managers - but they can't be sacked. So once they get identified as being bad, they are just moved around departments, spreading the damage around instead of concentrating it. Ideally they are moved to another trust, helped by giving them a glowing reference. And so they climb. It also helps if they bully staff - far quicker promotions. I think the former group depends on the latter group. I was on £35k when i left A&E, which i think was reasonable, but too much for my next destination as a research nurse. Many nurses get paid too much because they don't do any work, hiding behind nurses actually doing their work plus the slack but getting the same pay. I also think GPs get paid way too much, while some hospital doctors don't get nearly enough (med reg). But it's a one size fits all type system.
  3. Not just that government, successive governments have paid lip service to the idea. The conservatives use it to privatise bits and pieces and labour use it to strengthen labour laws such that its near impossible to sack dangerously incompetent health professionals. If people are willing to put that money in, that's fine. It can be a frustrating environment to work in though - lazy people can hide in the background, innovation is stifled, terrible nurse training and bad retention rates. I just find it strange that in many public debates if someone points these things out they get pilloried for hating the NHS. Why accept the status quo - why not try to improve efficiency? Why can't this be done without privatisation? I suspect there are some people doing extremely well out of the NHS.
  4. I don't dispute any of this, but it does not mean NHS should continue to be wasteful. No one has made that claim here, a.k.a. strawman.
  5. So who's going to win the world cup?

    First round of games gone and Russia still with the biggest win. I missed the Spain vs Portugal match - sounds like the game of the tournament so far. The England vs Tunisia game is the best i've caught so far - not often i can say that.
  6. I'm not advocating private healthcare. I'm just saying putting more money in won't necessarily improve services. I was lucky enough to start my nurse training when Labour started pumping money into the NHS but I saw a hell of a lot of waste. £20 billion extra per annum is a lot of money; it is reasonable to ask that the NHS spends it well. Currently it does not.
  7. I'm unconvinced an improved NHS is a simple function of funding. The amount of inefficiency and corruption is obscene, and while successive governments have paid lip service to streamlining the service nothing has changed. But this is beside the point to how the NHS should be funded in lean years. Is it too simple to rely on the wisdom that you save during the abundant years to see you through the lean years?
  8. What is faith?

    Not all religions. Most though.
  9. What is faith?

    Maybe, but humans failing to live up to your expectations are not mentally ill because of it.
  10. What is faith?

    I would dispute this too. No one chooses the society they are born into and the conditioning they are subjected to. Also, some mental illnesses could be attributed to choice in the same way some physical illnesses - alcohol and other drugs use for instance. The problem seems to be that you expect humans to think and behave rationally when exposed to certain teachings. While that does seem happen gradually on a societal level, it seldom seems to happen on an individual level.
  11. What is faith?

    Mental illness is defined in terms behavioural or mental dysfunction. This functioning is usually assessed in terms of interactions with and deviations from social norms. Given the ubiquity of religious faith in the human condition and the fact that the vast majority of such people can navigate life, i think equivocations of faith to mental illness are not only inaccurate but inflammatory.
  12. No, it's not a fluorescent technique, but i'm not sure exactly what they are doing. Can find out if anyone is interested.
  13. Bachelor diploma requirements.

    Yes. I think this is the difference between an MSc and an MRes - the latter more weighted towards research than examination. At undergrad level i imagine you will be able to something pretty standard like a Poisson process and explore why it would or wouldn't work in, say, hospital admissions - drawing examples from the literature. Usually boils down to the assumptions in a model and how well they reflect reality. But ask your course leaders to be sure.
  14. Well, it's difficult lifting the scalp off something to 'measure from the inside' especially if you want it to activate motor pathways, even in animal models. Have a colleague developing a virtual environment for rats so they can lift the scalp off, put it on a track ball and get it to run round while they take some measurements of the brain. I swear, of all scientists, neuroscientists do the most f***** up things to animals.
  15. Bachelor diploma requirements.

    You're better off asking your supervisors/tutors or consulting the course literature - they should know definitively. Might also help us to help you to know what the course is. My experience is that undergraduate work does not have to be novel and very rarely is, so a (thorough) review would be fine. Note that a review itself can be a significant piece of work, in medicine for instance a large meta-analysis could take a small team a few years.