I've been thinking about the NHS again, it is hard not to right now what with it being in the news virtually every day. So right at the start I will set my stall out, I still believe that an independent cross party commission is needed to properly sort out the future of the NHS. I said at the start of my NHS blogging that I didn't believe politics alone could sort out the NHS, and recent events have certainly proved that.

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So as I sit here typing this, I'm wondering exactly which direction this blog will go. I wanted to try and get over how all the NHS news stories look from a patient point of view. The thing is I didn't want this blog post to concentrate on just one area, but in a way that is the whole point. If you listen or watch the news or read the newspapers it will be impossible to miss the stories that are constantly hitting the headlines. When an area gets such constant coverage then you truly know something isn't right.

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Forgive the length, but I’ve never felt so moved to put my thoughts down on paper (or computer!) so whether this gets read, shared or completely ignored…I still feel better for writing it.

I’ve seen so many stories as of late, lamenting the state of the NHS. The spiralling debt, the lack of cleanliness, the quality of care etc. Now, I’m not in a position to confirm or deny any of the above, nor do I have the insight of working in, or knowing someone closely who works in, the NHS but I would like to pen this open letter to Jeremy Hunt, Simon Stevens, or anyone else who has responsibility for decision making or setting the strategic direction of the NHS.

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NHS Survival kindly published a blog recently that I first wrote back in October 2014 concerning the state of the NHS at the time and what my thoughts were on helping to solve the issues. Having seen the NHS Survival campaign, this led me to remember this blog and I re-read it to remind myself what I had written and wonder whether the blog still rang true today. Since it got published the initial feedback I’ve had it obviously is still very relevant today, but is there anything different today that could help, that wasn’t around in 2014? Well, I hope so….

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Don't you just love a bit of serendipity? A string of random events which position themselves around each other to have a huge collective impact. For me it's been a hospital appointment, a book I've read, some workshops, a totally unexpected invitation and some great Twitter conversations. Together they've pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me think about everything a little bit differently - and I'm loving it. 

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