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Grumbling Appendix is a blog about nursing in the NHS. It aims to provide challenging, thought-provoking but at the same time accessible and entertaining journalism about a subject that is too often ignored.

My other blogs are: The Radical Nurses Archive, a record of British nurse activism in the 1980s, viewable at and

The Egg Whisk, viewable at for silly reviews of Great British Bake Off 2014 and 2015 (if I can be bothered…)




  1. Very interesting blog! I look forward to reading more of your posts, I expect there’s a lot to complain about.

  2. Hi, I really like your blog and found the information really useful, especially the spoof e-mail about management fiddling nursing numbers. Have an interest in this as myself and some colleagues have recently started a campaign for a 1:4 nurse-to-patient ratio. More info here

    • Thanks. In light of the alleged goings-on at the CQC, what seemed mildly silly when I posted it now seems frighteningly plausible.

  3. Hi,
    As I don’t tweet or Facebook (if that’s a verb) but only blog, I’m leaving a comment here on your splendid Grumbling Appendix. I was amazed to learn that you have taken the trouble to look at my own humble blog and that you left a lovely comment there.
    Of course I remember you — and the redoubtable Miss Davies. I’m thrilled that you have been inspired by my little newspaper article to search me out and to start blogging in your own right. I’m very impressed by Grumbling Appendix.
    Lovely to hear from you again after forty odd years! Funny how we both grew up to be nurses … and writers. I would hate to give Miss Davies any of the credit for that!
    Best regards,

  4. Hi Tony,
    Absolutely no credit to Miss D! She wrote me off – told my mother I hadn’t a hope in hell of passing the Eleven Plus. Fortunately, my mother had other ideas…
    I would highly recommend Twitter. It can be a bit addictive, but it’s a great way of keeping abreast of, and discussing, the latest developments and ideas – and bigging yourself up a bit…doesn’t come naturally to me, but it’s an unfortunate necessity when you’ve got a blog to publicise.
    I shall keep reading your blog. Thanks again for giving me the kick up the backside I needed, and if you ever fancy writing for me, I’d be happy to hear from you…

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