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One flu over the cuckoo’s nest – PR Week Post #15

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) Since my first blog on in May, I have (like many others) been curiously following the swine flu story.  Enough has been said this week about the role the media has played

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Chocolate anyone? – PR Week Post #14

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) I love it. Researchers at the University of East Anglia are planning to investigate whether chocolate can cut the risk of heart disease and are looking for female volunteers to eat chocolate

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How long will we continue to tax the ill? – PR Week Post #13

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) Since prescription charges were scrapped in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, England has been out on its own, levying £7.20 to all eligible ‘customers’. There has been the odd dissenting voice but

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I have some bad news and some good news – PR Week Post #12

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) OK, bad news first.  Earlier today, the Department of Health moved into full crisis mode and finally acknowledging that swine flu was spreading too quickly to contain. I can’t say I didn’t

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Twittering for Health – PR Week Post #11

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) At least twice a week, someone asks me if I am a regular Twitter user because they have seen I have an account.  Despite being followed by a grand total of three

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Freedom of information act is truly in vogue – PR Week Post #10

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) Last Friday afternoon, I read that the NHS spent more than £350 million on external management consultants in the last financial year, with only 12% being directly attributed to improving patient care. 

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Johnson is the new home secretary – PR Week Post #9

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) Well, the ‘all change’ bell has finally rung in the cabinet room. A few minutes ago, we said goodbye to Alan Johnson (health secretary since June 2007) and now wait to see

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The expert patient – PR Week Post #8

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) It was a little quiet on the health front over the bank holiday weekend but one story caught my eye. In the absence of any suitable reading material for people her age,

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Ben gets a rough ride – PR Week Post #7

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) No, I am not talking about Tonic’s newest Team member but the Minister of State for Health Services for Health Services, Ben Bradshaw.  For those of you who watched the special edition

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It’s been a while since cola was in the news – PR Week Post #6

(Click here for the orginal PR Week post) When I was about 7, I remember my mum telling me that I shouldn’t drink cola because if you left a tooth in a glass of it overnight, the next morning it

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