UPCOMING SHOW DATES
16 Apr Thornbury Arts Festival
9 May Dulwich Festival
9 Jul Frome Festival
26 Jul Holt Festival
5-27 Aug Edinburgh Fringe Festival
SUPPORTING JUNIOR DOCTORS
A SEVEN DAY NHS NEEDS MORE STAFF AND FUNDING YO BE SAFE AND HUMANE
Here’s my BBC NEWS interview about junior doctors. You can’t have a ‘truly 7 day NHS’ without truly 7 day funding and 7 day safe staffing levels. For junior doctors alone it would require another 4,000 to have the same high quality, safe care 7 days a week – you can’t just stretch 5 days’ staffing over 7. the same applies to all other groups of NHS staff. The 7 day NHS is an aspiration that will take time, training, inspiration and involvement to achieve. It can’t be brutally imposed to a political deadline with no funding or staffing.
WHISTLEBLOWING IN THE NHS
Has anything really changed since 2011? Has any NHS whistle-blower been compensated or reinstated? Is it any safer to blow the whistle in the NHS?
‘Shoot the Messenger’ – a Private Eye special investigation by Phil Hammond and Andrew Bousfield into how NHS whistle-blowers are silenced and sacked was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn prize for journalism 2011. Available to download here
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PRE EDINBURGH TOUR DATES
How to Survive the NHS… and Help the NHS Survive
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How to Survive the NHS… and Help the NHS Survive
The NHS is our most treasured institution, gluing us together as a humane society and treating us according to need not ability to pay. It’s also more dangerous to use than bungee jumping. After seventy years of political deforms and underfunding, the NHS is on its last legs and staff stress levels are off the scale. Either we reclaim and rekindle our health service…. or we sell it off to Virgin. In this highly subversive comedy, Dr Phil calls for an end to top down disorganisation of the NHS, and launches his own bidet revolution – from the bottom up. Learn how not to use the NHS, how to survive when you have to and how to die properly when your time comes. Stuff the politicians. Only we can save the NHS.
Phil Hammond is an NHS doctor, writer, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian. He has been Private Eye’s medical correspondent for 24 years and has appeared on Have I Got News for You, Jack Dee’s Helpdesk, The News Quiz, The Now Show, Question Time, The One Show, Countdown and BBC Radio Bristol. His best seller – ‘Staying Alive – How to Get the Best from the NHS’ is out now.
“One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet.”
“Tough on doctors, patients and politicians. And he’s funny.”
“Effortlessly suave and delightfully vulgar. You’ll never see a doctor in quite the same way again.”
“If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre”
‘If ever you get the chance to see @drphilhammond live on stage, don’t miss it. Very funny, honest, clever, & moving. Passionate about the NHS’
Dr Clive Peedell, Co-leader National Health Action Party
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Dr Phil Hammond
Staying Alive – How to get the best from the NHS – is full of inspirational stories from patients and carers and glued together with my own reflections of working in, thinking about and investigating the NHS over 30 years. You can read the reviews or add your own tips and tactics here
‘This is a fantastic book about how to live well. Phil Hammond’s goes beyond the usual tips about diet and exercise – we hear about the power of positive thinking, as well as how to get the best out of the health service. And this book is packed with real stories – from people who have become survival experts through their own experiences. Their stories are heartwarming, enlightening and useful.
Phil Hammond has a knack of being brutally honest and very funny at the same time. This is quite simply the most useful book about health and the health service that I’ve ever read.’
Professor Alice Roberts BSc MB BCh PhD Hon.FBAASc
Anatomist, author & broadcaster
Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham
NEW BOOK and EBOOK – WHAT DOCTORS REALLY THINK
“This is a real find; funny, poignant, thoughtful, worrying, reassuring, and so good it should be on prescription.”
–Roy Lilley @RoyLilley
“Smart and funny, Phil Hammond is the perfect way to inoculate yourself against the nonsense which passes for most health commentary.”
–Alastair McLellan – Editor, Health Service Journal @HSJEditor
“A fascinating insider’s history of the past sixteen years of the NHS. This wise, witty and often moving diary reveals what really went on behind the political and managerial bluster. So well written it turned me into a compulsive page turner.”
–Dr Michael O’Donnell, author of The Barefaced Doctor, a Mischievous Medical Companion
With cartoons by Fran Orford
‘GAMES TO PLAY WITH YOUR DOCTOR’ CLIP
Phil Hammond is an NHS doctor, campaigner, health writer, investigative journalist, broadcaster, speaker and comedian. He has done all these jobs imperfectly and part-time since 1987, and was also a lecturer in medical communication at the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol. As a doctor, Phil worked part time in general practice for over 20 years, and has also worked in sexual health. He currently works in a specialist NHS team for young people with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME.
Phil presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2, and has been a presenter for BBC Radio Bristol since 2007. He is Private Eye’s medical correspondent, broke the story of the Bristol heart scandal in 1992 and gave evidence to the subsequent Public Inquiry. In 2012, he was shortlisted with Andrew Bousfield for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Investigative Journalism for ‘Shoot the Messenger,’ a Private Eye investigation into the shocking treatment of NHS whistle-blowers. In 2014 and 2015, he was voted a Top 100 NHS Clinical Leader by the Health Service Journal. He has fiercely supported NHS junior doctors in their battle with the government against an imposed, untested and potentially unsafe new job contract.
As a comedian, Phil was half of the award winning double-act Struck Off and Die, with Tony Gardner. He has done three solo UK tours and is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 with two shows – Life and Death (But Mainly Death) and Dr Phil’s NHS Revolution. Phil has appeared many times on Have I Got News for You and Countdown. His NHS comedy, Polyoaks, is written with David Spicer and has had three series on BBC Radio 4. He is a columnist for Telegraph Men and Reveal, and writes comment pieces for the Times. Phil is a Vice President of the Patients’ Association and a patron of Meningitis UK, the Doctors’ Support Network, the Herpes Viruses Association, Patients First, PoTS, the NET Patient Foundation and Kissing It Better. He is also a fundraiser and advisor for the Association of Young People with ME.
Phil has never belonged to any political party but was highly critical of the Health and Social Care Bill (now Act) in a BBC1 Question Time debate with then health secretary Andrew Lansley. He said the reforms were ‘wonk’, there was no convincing narrative explaining the reasons for the changes and that the focus on competition rather than the collaboration and co-operation needed for an integrated service.
Phil has written five books – Medicine Balls, Trust Me, I’m (Still) a Doctor and Sex, Sleep or Scrabble? ‘What do Doctors Really Think?’ and ‘Staying Alive – How to Get the Best from the NHS’.
Phil was revalidated by the GMC in September 2013. Below is the feedback from his colleagues and patients for my revalidation 360_feedback_Dr_Philip_Hammond
Real time reviews of my consultations from patients and parents can be found here
My NHS work is as part of a specialist NHS team in Bath, treating young people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, based at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath. Details of the service we offer are here Good advice on accessing specialist CFS/ME services and treatments available can be found via the AyME website (for people up the age of 25) and the Action for ME website (for those over 25)
I can’t give any personal medical advice via this site, and I don’t do any private practice.
Praise for Dr Phil’s comedy
“One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet.” The Guardian
“Tough on doctors, patients and politicians. And he’s funny.” The Telegraph
“Sceptical, irreverent, very funny and like a mighty gush of fresh air in a field that’s bedevilled with cover ups and cloaked in a vow of silence” Time Out
“Generates dozens of laughs and more ire than any amount of tentative taboo-breaching” The Financial Times
‘If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre’ **** The Times
‘Consistently funny’ ***** The Sunday Telegraph
“You’ll never see a doctor in quite the same way again.” ***** The Scotsman
These action shots were taken in 1988, by photographer Homer Sykes, when glasses were riduclously big and babies were ridiculously slippery.
Dr Phil and Dr Tony, then and now
Struck Off and Die’s first ever performance, Bristol, 1990