Health Policy

New Models Of Care - Form Must Follow Function

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

The future of London general practice is set for a continuing state of emergency, despite a raft of plans, strategies and forward views anyone who is anyone is still looking for a new model of care which fits with our values, as I told our conference at the end of April.

Developing Countries Are Ill-Equipped To Manage The Growing Chronic-Disease Burden

Martin Koehring | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Tech
Martin Koehring

Meanwhile, technological and organisational innovations as well as sustained, co-ordinated efforts across multiple stakeholders are required. The healthcare infrastructure developed to address Millennium Development Goals can be leveraged to face the NCD challenge.

Better Mental Health Is Everyone's Business

Clare McNeil | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Clare McNeil

The cost to the state is huge. Mental health problems account for over £10billion of spending on incapacity benefits and housing benefit. There is a cost for employers too; mental health also makes up a large part of the £9billion a year costs employers pay in sick pay and the associated costs. But there is of course an incalculable cost for individuals whose lives are blighted and whose needs go unmet.

The NHS For The Amazon Age

James Hargrave | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Tech
James Hargrave

When talking about the health service, it is often more prudent to use the language of theology rather than policy. Phrases such as "hands off our NHS" and "the NHS saved my life" are common place and demonstrate the reverence the British people have for it, and the personal ownership many of us feel we have over it. Nigel Lawson's adage that it is the closest thing we have to a national religion still rings true.

Policymakers Must Rethink Their Approaches to Tacking Stroke

Martin Koehring | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

In order to meet global stroke-reduction targets, policymakers must rethink their approaches. One of the key areas identified in a recent EIU report o...

Thank God Junior Doctors Decided to Strike

Steve Doran | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

Working in care, you see things every day that would stop someone else's working week in its tracks. Watching someone die. Having someone verbally, or even physically, assault you. Listening to tearful co-workers saying this is it, they've had enough.

Let it Flow, Let it Flow...

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

The patient-doctor consultation is the irreducible essence of general practice. The consultation is the safest of all safe places where I and my colle...

Time to Raise Your Game - A Team Talk for Andy Burnham and Labour's Health Squad

Dr Louise Irvine | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Louise Irvine

You might be able, in the back rooms of Westminster, to convince one another that you can get away with a less-than-coherent health policy and rely on a lot of talk about the1930s to swing overwhelming public support for the NHS your party's way. But what the Labour Party needs now is a bit more Bevan-style fire in its belly.

Why 'Parity of Esteem' Between Physical and Mental Health Is Not Enough

Ed Pinkney | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

While the prospect of more funding for mental health services is a good thing, it's no real victory if mental and physical services are not brought into unison. A health system that was in tune with medical science would have mental wellbeing at its core.

A Future for Health-Activism

Rupert Whitaker | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Whitaker

In the fray, be aware and protect your biggest assets, which are integrity, transparency, authenticity, courage, cohesion, creativity, an acting on social values, ethical independence, a willingness to learn, and a lack of shame.

The Cost of Grief?

Michael Volpe | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Volpe

As the stream of policy discussions and floated ideas for the NHS continue to emerge, I and my family have had unfortunate cause to realise just how much of what the health service does is impossible to "value".

The Government Says Don't Bother, But It's Vital You Supplement Vitamin D Today

Aidan Goggins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Aidan Goggins

In the UK vitamin D deficiency is believed to cost the UK taxpayer a staggering £29 billion annually - over a quarter of the NHS budget. Compare this to smoking which costs £6 billion annually.

The Smoking Dictatorship

Rita Pal | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

If you are a smoker shopping in a UK supermarket, you may be able spot a loaf of Allinson's bread. His essays outlined the best way to achieve good health - to eat less, exercise more, cut down drink and tobacco.

VIDEO: Smoking Ban Questioned By MP Who Voted For It

YouTube/BBC Two | Posted 02.09.2011 | UK Politics

A Liberal Democrat MP who voted for the smoking ban in England is now questioning whether the policy is having unintended consequences. John Hemmi...