Category Archives: speaking out

The ‘cancer drugs scandal’: decision-making and the need to involve patients at every level

When will there be the level of user involvement in healthcare necessary to ensure patients get the information they need to make the decisions they want? ‘Nothing about us without us’: patients need the opportunity to be included in multidisciplinary … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – short video explains reality

TIME FOR HONESTY – This short video presents the true picture of breast screening programmes in a very easy to understand format. How shocking that this harmful ‘industry’ is allowed to continue (NHS BSP) and the age limit extended at … Continue reading

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Breast screening, health checks and psychological tactics for GPs to encourage attendance, despite ineffectiveness and harms!

https://www.healthwatch-uk.org/images/Newsletters/Number_104.pdf If you enjoy the series ‘Yes, Minister’ you will probably love Issue 104, 2016-17 of the HealthWatch charity’s Newsletter, especially pages 6-8. Breast screening, health checks, nsaids, …what doesn’t work? In his acceptance speech, HealthWatch Award Winner Peter Gotzsche … Continue reading

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Christmas message from Hearts in Healthcare

For all those wishing to make healthcare more humane and compassionate, here’s two gifts for you this Christmas 1. “From HERO to HEALER – Awakening the inner activist” – a free book just for you! If you are feeling ground-down … Continue reading

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Breast screening: one woman’s successful fight against compulsory screening programme

“Uruguay’s government is being challenged to end its compulsory breast screening programme, after a court ruled that one woman with concerns about possible harms caused by mammography should be exempt.” Uruguay’s compulsory policy was introduced in 2006 under President Tabaré … Continue reading

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‘Is it time Britons were colonized?’

The above question has been posed by a doctor, writing from Canada, in response to an online BMJ article which reports on Macmillan Cancer Relief’s call for the government to improve NHS support for colorectal cancer patients (Zosia Kmietowicz, ‘Charity … Continue reading

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Disease-specific, or all-cause mortality as an endpoint?

How valid is the use of all-cause mortality in randomized screening trials? In the light of overdiagnosis, overtreatment and resultant deaths, should all-cause mortality be the end point in randomized screening trials? This paper examines the validity of disease-specific deaths … Continue reading

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