The UK is in a mental health crisis. Millions of people all across the country suffer in some way with mental health issues. In treatment they face long waits and insufficient care. Many regions are without the correct services to treat people. People are misdiagnosed and ignored.
On average, women in paid work receive about 18% less per hour than men...so here are four very important actions we (individuals, companies, government) can take to accelerate this desperately needed change:
The methods used by Theresa May at the Home Office - of close control and tough rhetoric not usually matched by delivery - combined with a tendency for kite-flying, seems likely to become characteristic of this government.
Based on their track record, would they have hesitated to legally challenge the UK government: particularly on Jeremy Hunt's early assertion that we do not already have a seven-day emergency NHS, a proclamation which has already led to well-documented patient harm?
Are these changes wise? Experts like the Institute for Government tend to think not and indeed there is a general consensus amongst academics and former mandarins that the only decent change in recent decades has been the creation of the Department for Work and Pensions.
Europe now appears set to play host to a miserable culture clash. But if political leaders don't act fast we may even see an escalation to outbreaks of sectarian and inter-ethnic violence. What is for sure, however, is that simply trying to outlaw the most visible signs of the problem will be no solution.
So will Prime minister May take a healthy approach to economic and social policy? It seems unlikely given her pro-welfare cuts voting record as an MP and Conservative minister. Likely, there will be a policy focus on interventions aimed at changing individual health behaviours as these blame people for their own health problems.
The actual problem at hand, that perhaps someone could shed light on, is this internalised archaic colonial fetishization, that we are shockingly still forced to be a part of in 2016. There is a multitude of Muslim women with a multitude of firm voices ready to share a multitude of opinions because we are not a homogenous group, you are all just speaking too loudly over us to hear any of it.
Allowing passengers to cram a plane's overhead lockers with large imitation AK-47s seems an odd thing to permit in these days of heightened airport security (where every 100ml-plus container of moisturiser is banned and travellers are ordered to remove their shoes at the er, drop of a hat), but there you go
They have a duty to discuss a wider range of topics. So, if young people are vulnerable; are not sure about their faith, are scared about their religion and what it means; may possibly feel under pressure of social media - Imams need to tackle this.
During the referendum campaign Davis and his Leave campaign colleagues were incredibly reticent when it came to explaining the Brexit process and what comes next. The narrow Leave vote was therefore achieved on the basis of many unknown factors about what Brexit would mean. With Leave winning, and getting their desired Whitehall Department, they need to start providing answers. In the last days before the Commons rose for the Summer Recess I tabled fifty Written Parliamentary Questions to DREXIT that I think the Government now needs to answer.
We must accept that for decades women have asserted their rights both through stripping off and burning bra's to covering themselves up in clothing. This is about us as women deciding how we choose to dress, writing our own scripts and owning our own narratives And the men need to get with the programme and stop using women as pawns for the sake of their own control and power regardless of whether that be through democracy or dictatorship.
Community engagement aimed at vulnerable sections of our communities will always be difficult for sensitive areas such as Prevent in the same way it will always be difficult for other areas such as child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, guns and gangs or domestic violence.
One idea I would like the inquiry and any professional person reading this to bear in mind: we could talk about impacts on the economy, on business, on the NHS, on welfare, on employment, on public trust, on legal precedent, but before any decision is made any impact on people need to take priority.
David Cameron promised a 'truly seven-day NHS' before and after the general election, even going as far as to use the word 'plan' 18 times in one speech. The fact that there is no plan, that the government is yet to set the objectives or assess the impact of expanding seven-day services, only goes to show that this was nothing more than a headline-grabbing soundbite set to win votes rather than improve care for patients.
Without defeating austerity, and the mixture of ideology, corruption and spinelessness that allowed PFI to happen, we cannot save the NHS. It is for that reason that Jeremy Corbyn is the only leader who I trust as a doctor to not only defend the NHS but to make it the envy of the world.
Over the last year Corbyn supporters have learned the hard way that the elected leader does not necessarily have control of the party. This has not lead to a healthy balance of power, it's lead to internal anarchy. NEC reform is urgently required, not just to make the party's governance democratic but simply to make the party function again.
Many people will struggle to get the care that they need as they approach the end of their life. According to Marie Curie, between now and 2020, approximately 250,000 people will die in London. We need to ensure that everyone who needs end of life care can expect to receive a high level of care that is personalised, coordinated, and sensitive to the needs of those around the patient as they enter their final months, weeks and days.