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Health Education England, Fiona Patterson and Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   I got a bit distracted this morning when I started reading HEE's latest idea on medical selection called 'valued based recruitment' (VBR).  Here is HEE's long and ... Read on »
The Shape of Training review: a bizarre analysis of ‘evidence’ by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have taken the time to review the ‘evidence’ that the Shape of Training review has relied upon in order to make some rather sweeping recommendations about th ... Read on »
Open letter to the BOA president by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Dear BOA President, I am writing to express by disappointment at the BOA's recent move to force Orthopaedic surgeons into training to become BOA members by making BOA m ... Read on »
John Cook's responds but reliability issue is clearly a key study flaw by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here is John Cook's response to my questions "Re rater reliability and data breakdowns, we’ve released the raw individual ratings as well as the final ratings of all 11 ... Read on »
Why won't John Cook reply to my simple questions? by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Strangely or not so strangely, having been 'redirected' to send my letter's questions directly to the author, John Cook, I have received a response, but no attemp ... Read on »
Strange response from Environmental Research Letters on Cook et al's 97% paper by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   "I read the study by Cook et al with great interest (1).  Firstly the study used levels of endorsement of global warming as outlined in their Table 2, howeve ... Read on »
Telegraph gives away its nasty agenda by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   The above headline is a total disgrace.  The contaminated drips were supplied by a private firm, ITH Pharma, and the NHS is totally blame free in the poisoning of ... Read on »
NICE throwing away millions of our money by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Firstly I am no expert in weight management but I can analyse evidence.  I just wanted to outline the foundations of sand upon which the recently released NICE gui ... Read on »
Letter to Niall Dickson by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Niall Dickson has written in the BMJ and here is my response: "The two year foundation programme was introduced in 2005 (as part of the Modernising Medical Careers ... Read on »
Letter to NICE on 'preventable' deaths due to acute kidney injury (AKI) by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Dear NICE   I have a simple request relating to your press release :   "Around 20 per cent of emergency cases of AKI are preventable which w ... Read on »
Shape of Training: what is the GMC hiding? by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have made the following request to the GMC under the Freedom of Information act: “Has the Chair of the review (Prof Greenaway) discussed the review with ... Read on »
My letter to BMJ on Tooke's defense of the Shape of Training by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I read Professor Sir John Tooke’s recent editorial with great interest (1) and it is strange that he sees the Shape of Training review as a ‘broad consensus’ of opinion. P ... Read on »
DH and Hunt are disingenuously spinning data by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The NHS is in crisis because the current government have wasted billions in yet more corrupt market based reforms which will enrich private firms at the expense of ... Read on »
Department of Health has no record of Brian Jarman's meeting with Jeremy Hunt by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Firstly I do not agree with Brian Jarman on many things but I have the utmost respect for his integrity as a researcher and a human being.  Therefore I have ... Read on »
Why does my shoulder hurt? by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The aim of this piece is to summarise my understanding of why things hurt and specifically, why the shoulder hurts. Obviously this is one monstrously huge topic and it is ... Read on »
Professor Jarman's reliance on the c-statistic by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There is so so much more to this UK/US HSMR comparison that first meets the eye, at first glance there were some significant flaws and assumptions made, but the more diggin ... Read on »
HSMRs, coding, big assumptions and implausible conclusions.... by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The second major flaw in Prof Brian Jarman's UK/US mortality comparison is that it assumes HSMRs are reliable and coding is equivalent in the UK and US.  If eith ... Read on »
Many big assumptions have been made: 1. HES Data by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The US/UK HSMR comparison made by Prof Brian Jarman is continuing to rumble on and probably not for reasons that will please the Professor.  Since the leaking of ... Read on »
Channel 4's 'UK/US hospital mortality' story is based on Jarman's sandy foundations by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Last night I sat down to watch the Channel 4 news and was deeply upset by what was then to follow.  The 'news' exclusive on the 'increased mortality' in UK hospi ... Read on »
MAST cosying up with the chiroquacktic community by Garth M. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It is interesting that MAST Medical are making such efforts to spread the results of their research within the chiropractic community.  The AECC (Anglo-European Colle ... Read on »