Today’s featured blog is Dr Michelle Tempest’s ‘The Psychiatrist Blog’ which explores the interface between psychiatry and politics. Without a doubt this is a complex interface and such explorations are invaluable for the development of psychiatry. During the early days of the blog, Dr Tempest summarised the chapters of her book ‘The Future of the NHS’ which brings together doctors, nurses, patients and politicians from all political parties to discuss the future of the NHS. In the UK, for the most part psychiatry is practised within the NHS which results in a distinct practice which is influenced by government. The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world and understanding the subtleties of this organisation, which is always evolving, is as difficult as understanding politics itself. Dr Tempest’s solution is to focus on turning points both within the NHS (e.g. the MTAS difficulties) and in the political arena and in a way which holds the reader’s attention. Here are some of the articles I liked the most:-
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