The inconveniently excellent Beveridge NHS model: made redundant for being too good

The inconveniently excellent Beveridge NHS model: made redundant for being too good

This is a blog in two parts. Part 1 will consider the international comparisons showing the current changes to the NHS as perverse in terms of the effect the sizeable increase in spending involved will have on population health. Part... More…
What is the best age to start a family?

What is the best age to start a family?

The average age that women give birth to their first child has been rising since the 1970s in England and Wales. It was 23.4 in 1969 and by 2012 that average stood at 28.1 years. The data are of course... More…
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Disability and austerity

Disability and austerity

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, disabled people in the UK have been hit disproportionately hard by austerity. Austerity measures have had a strong impact on economic redistribution, in terms of widening income inequalities between disabled and... More…
Statins and their side effects

Statins and their side effects

Statins were the 20th century ‘blockbuster’ drug. Almost everyone could benefit from turning a Euro-American cholesterol into a Japanese one according to their supporters … And now they are off-patent, statins look better and better value to those seeing health... More…
Antibiotic Resistance. A Dire Emergency on Planet Earth – (fixable if the price is right…)

Antibiotic Resistance. A Dire Emergency on Planet Earth – (fixable if the price is right…)

The issue of ineffective anti-biotics is one driven more by market economics than treatment resistant diseases. A change of spending priorities could change the face of global health, but given the profit margins, this is unlikely to happen. More…
To Save or Let Die? Doctors’ Dilemmas in the Chinese Health Sector

To Save or Let Die? Doctors’ Dilemmas in the Chinese Health Sector

In May 2014, a Chinese farmer in Anhui Province cut off his own feet when they deteriorated into severe necrosis, causing unbearable pain. In 2012, a peasant in Hebei province amputated his festering leg using a saw and a fruit... More…
Screening, stigma and risk: FGM in Norrköping

Screening, stigma and risk: FGM in Norrköping

Who could disagree with the international campaign to end female genital mutilation [FGM] or cutting? Not I. However, the subtleties of how FGM is represented in news media bear some scrutiny. How is the moral high-ground occupied by those who... More…
In search of a label

In search of a label

There have long been calls to stop labelling children as having special needs.  Department of Education figures released in 2012 show that 19.8% of pupils in England have special educational needs, of which 2.8% have statements of SEN.  And yet... More…
NHS Nu-Speak

NHS Nu-Speak

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Mr Drew's School: the unintended consequences of targeted interventions

Mr Drew’s School: the unintended consequences of targeted interventions

‘Well what did I come down here for? Do you not know? I’m a problem child. I have problems behaving. Is there a part of that you don’t understand?’ Clark, aged 11, Mr Drew’s School for Boys ‘The stigmatized individual... More…
"crisis, what crisis?"

“crisis, what crisis?”

Recent media stories about an NHS crisis function to divert attention away from the ideologically driven dismantling of a national institution More…
'Serving the Public?' Media, Politics and The NHS

‘Serving the Public?’ Media, Politics and The NHS

We have medical programmes to suit our every taste. Currently viewers can choose high drama with Channel 4s’ ’24 Hours in A & E‘ filming around the clock in Kings College Hospital, London or everyday stories of sore throats, stress... More…
Statins - making people ill for the common good?

Statins – making people ill for the common good?

While Public Health zealots trumpet their claim to the moral high ground, it’s still worth asking: “are they right?” Here’s a strange piece of news. This week, two of Britain’s top doctors (Knights of the Realm, no less) recommended in... More…
n of 1,2,3? How many PPI patients is enough?

n of 1,2,3? How many PPI patients is enough?

Patient Public Involvement (PPI) is ubiquitous in healthcare, and it tends to be used as a valuable tool for improving healthcare delivery. But how about questions of what it might do for the patient themselves. This aspect of PPI is... More…