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  • A lighter look at the serious business of healthcare with Dr Mike Smith, John Bennett and Julian Patterson. Regular features include the Virtue Signal of the Week and a shot in the arm from one-man vaccine Dr Pete Turton. Plus a long queue of fabulous guests with interesting things to say
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  • Dec 14 2021

    So the boys are back in town with a brand new season of the Placemat.

    What have they learned during the hiatus? Well, not an awful lot to be honest. 

    Is the new CEO of NHS England worth investing in or should you wait for the next update?

    Find out who Ed Waller and Ian Dodge are and the safeguards NHSE has to stop the magic being ruined in Skipton House.

    Find out how and if GPs would ever strike and how they might organise themselves, as long as they get backfill for it. 

    And finally listen to Chris Hopson talk candidly about the NHS, GPs and how he once chained himself to a railing.

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    44 mins
  • Aug 15 2021

    The Placemat has a long history of correctly predicting the major events in the NHS and beyond. 

    In this special bonus episode we showcase some of our finest and most prescient moments, from the resignation of Simon Stevens and the appointment of Amanda Pritchard, to the results of the Euro 2020 competition, the Covid pandemic, the outbreak of the first world war and Judas' betrayal of Jesus.

    We confidently predict that we'll be back for another season of The Placemat later in the year.  

    The Placemat - forecasting with compassion since 3600 BC.

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    17 mins
  • Aug 3 2021

    In the last Placemat of the season, the boys join Simon Stevens and the Financial Times for a good lunch in one of London’s grittiest districts before celebrating all that’s bravest and best about NHS chief executives. Thank you for all you do, you modest people. And thank you for letting the HSJ write about it so that we all know how unassuming you are. What would Benny Hill make of it all? We cover that too. 

    Our resident junior doctor, Pete Turton, strikes a serious note about striking doctors. Why are they so bad at saying what they want, what they really, really want? 

    As if all that wasn’t enough, our special guest is the outspoken journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who brings more than a touch of glamour to the proceedings. She’s not afraid to say what she thinks about the NHS either, which means you’ll all hate her. Fortunately, she doesn’t care what you think. That’s why we asked her on.

    Did we mention that this is the last show of the season? An exclusive account of how sad we feel about that will appear in next week’s HSJ. We’ll be back of course.

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    38 mins

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