The needle and the damage done As deaths from drug overdoses rocket, Mike Shallcross asks if it's time for a bolder approach to this public health emergency 1 comment Can Jeremy make it to Number Ten? A former health secretary may become our prime minister. It would be the smart choice, argues Mike Shallcross A new model for children's services Chris Hanvey calls for a new model of 'integrated and collaborative services" to fulfil society's duty of care for children Children's mental health in crisis The NHS has a small window of time in which to help young people with mental health problems, and they are failing miserably A no deal brexit would be a disaster for nurses As Britain faces leaving the EU without a deal, Donna Kinnair discusses the implications for the NHS The start of the NHS V2.0? There are some reasons for optimism that new Health Secretary Matt Hancock wants to shift the NHS towards primary and community health in a new focus on preventative measures. The rough justice of mental health Mental health service users are still waiting for parity of esteem with physical health. But the two things are intrinsically connected The Past and Future of the NHS This summer feels like Britain has got some of its optimism back, and the 70th birthday of the NHS has given us a genuine national moment 2 comments Charlie Gard highlights the scarcity of healthcare resources His case reflects exemplifies the perils of undervaluing wider healthcare teams away from the front line When politics and care collide No matter who wins the NHS faces more years of austerity, as none of the main political parties is promising to spend enough to close the gap 1 comment Use the election to put an end to the NHS pay cap The 1% pay cap is not good enough, writes Jon Skewes The next steps of an unlikely prophet Prophets rarely come in as unlikely a form as Andy Burnham MP, writes Mike Shallcross A plea for evidence based policy Many of the biggest changes to nursing recently have been implemented without proper consultations and evidence writes Crystal Oldman The survivors: a tale of two Jeremys If you haven’t been following British politics for the last month, my advice would be not to start now, writes Mike Shallcross Instability in the wake of the EU referendum Madeleine Murphy questions what will happen to midwifery and maternity services in a post-Brexit NHS Exposing the Brexit campaign's NHS promises Elation or devastation—Friday 24 June was a day that British people are not likely to forget. I was broken-hearted. Neither Brexit nor the EU can fix the NHS Regardless of the outcome of the EU referendum, the NHS will not survive without training more homegrown nurses, writes Mike Shallcross 3 comments Time for policy to influence health The dangers of a sedentary life have been well documented for years, but recent studies highlight the negative implications of inactivity as a stand-alone problem, says Beda Higgins. The future: better the devil you know? So here we are, in post-election Britain. By now you have likely either got over the shock or the euphoria. 1 comment Eventful year for the NHS nears its end This year's mainstream news seems to have been dominated by health and the NHS. There was the Francis Report in February. A named clinician for every frail older person On the 65th birthday of the NHS, the Secretary of State announced a new initiative for the support of the frail, older person to remain in their own homes and to avoid hospital admissions. An insight into the nursing profession This is my last edition as editor of Independent Nurse and I would like to thank the many inspirational primary care and community nurses with whom I have worked. Limit general practice access at your peril Last week saw the emergence of a 'discussion brief' buried on the website of the Conservative Policy Forum, a group that contributes ideas for the next two years of the coalition and the 2015 manifesto. Regulation alone will not bring better care Today, a new NHS has been born. Halt the blame game and find the solutions 'Make zero harm a reality in the NHS'. This is the instruction issued by prime minister David Cameron to Dr Don Berwick, the former health adviser to president Obama charged with leading a brand new National Patient Safety Advisory Group in England.