In my most recent blog on the Huffington Post UK - called The Changing Patient of the Future – From Passive Recipient to Active Participant - a look at what patient-led care would lead to and who patient-centred care would put at the heart of decision-making. Why has homeopathy brought this to everyone’s attention and why does spiritual care take it all a notch higher?
Here is an excerpt from the article.
Put crudely, that means having the NHS pay more attention to what patients want, rather than imposing upon them what it thinks they should want.
And many patients want homeopathy, as Hunt’s letter points out.
“Homeopathic care is enormously valued by thousands of people and in an NHS that the Government repeatedly tells us is “patient-led” it ought to be available where a doctor and patient believe that a homeopathic treatment may be of benefit to the patient.”
A better question, then, would have been whether or not the new Secretary of State agrees with the previous government that NHS care should be increasingly patient-led.
According to a Twitter discussion earlier this summer on “the patient of the future” medicine needs to go further still than just giving patients a voice in the kind of care available. The care clinicians offer will need to be increasingly patient-centred…