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Medicine

Exciting developments in healthcare

UKAS says Brexit will require more accreditation.  HM Government seems inclined to believe this.  The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), NHS England, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the Society … Continue reading

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The Great NHS Heist

The NHS is entering the final phase of it’s destruction. In it’s place will be an American style private insurance based system. Successive Governments over a number of decades have laid down the key steps for the deformation disguised as … Continue reading

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Spinal Manipulation for Back and Neck Pain: Does It Work?

Two American traditions of spinal manipulation.  Osteopathy, developed by a physician and surgeon.  Chiropractic, developed by a magnet healing quack who may have modified osteopathy or got ideas from his spirit guides.  Laird Harrison explains in the Medscape article, Spinal … Continue reading

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UKAS Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme

Have you ever helped a charity raise money to buy a hospital a scanner?  Hospitals have a lot of other things to spend money on besides diagnostic equipment – accreditation, managers, translators, overpriced drug contracts, negligence claims… UKAS’s Imaging Services … Continue reading

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Having a lovely time without you

Arturo Casadevall and co-authors reported A Framework for Improving the Quality of Research in the Biological Sciences.  doi: 10.1128/mBio.01256-16 30 August 2016 mBio vol. 7 no. 4 e01256-16 ABSTRACT The American Academy of Microbiology convened a colloquium to discuss problems in … Continue reading

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Medical appraisal and revalidation – humbug or value for money?

What benefit really comes from wealth-transfer schemes accrediting the “excellence” of individuals? Show us the before and after distribution curves for doctors’ performance change. “My latest subs tally was the equivalent of almost a quarter of my salary.”

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NHS England strongly endorses diagnostic services accreditation

The latest UKAS newsletter tells us that the NHS is still falling for its unvalidated assurances of quality in a bigger way than ever:  NHS England strongly endorses diagnostic services accreditation Note to graduates of NHS leadership programmes: validate accreditation … Continue reading

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Tolerating Uncertainty — The Next Medical Revolution?

Simpkin and Schwartzstein have written Tolerating Uncertainty — The Next Medical Revolution?  calling for wider acceptance of uncertainty rather than the pretence of eliminating it. ISO 17025 requires laboratories to consider the uncertainty of their measurements.  This is reasonable. The quality cartel’s … Continue reading

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Organic certification is about inspection, not safety or quality

Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Associated with Organic Foods in the United States Authors: Harvey, R. Reid1; Zakhour, Christine M.2; Gould, L. Hannah3 Source: Journal of Food Protection®, Number 11, November 2016, pp. 1828-2017, pp. 1953-1958(6) DOI: https://doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-16-204     Abstract: Consumer demand for … Continue reading

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Limits to Personalized Cancer Medicine

As money is prepared to be poured into personalized cancer medicine, the NEJM has published an opinion that the promises of personally-targeted therapy are little better than the promises of ISO accreditation. Limits to Personalized Cancer Medicine. Ian F. Tannock, … Continue reading

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