NHS 111 – Improving efficiency or destroying the ‘brand’?

NHS 111 – Improving efficiency or destroying the ‘brand’?

NHS 111 need not necessarily be the calamity it has become. This calamity is driven more by financial under investment than a more pervasive crisis of care. More…
Lazing on a sunny afternoon? A historical perspective on risk and sunlight

Lazing on a sunny afternoon? A historical perspective on risk and sunlight

As we emerge from the wettest winter on record most of us are looking forward to the summer and the chance to maybe get out into some sunlight.  The pleasures associated with lying on a beach, going for a bike... More…
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Is skewing the data any different to juking the stats?

Is skewing the data any different to juking the stats?

Media representations about NHS scandals focus on 'bad apple' professionals, and ignore the crises caused by current government policy, and the commercialisation of UK statutory healthcare. More…
On trying to do therapy when your patient has no food or money

On trying to do therapy when your patient has no food or money

Last week, I called someone I was due to see that afternoon to remind them I was coming round (standard practice in learning disability, and good practice in general). ‘How are you?’, I asked. ‘A bit pissed off’, they said.... More…
Cancer Charities and the fight for Public Health (and Media Profile)

Cancer Charities and the fight for Public Health (and Media Profile)

Charity campaigns designed to shock are more and more commonplace. What does this tell us about the charity sector, and do these campaigns impact negatively on the 'real' work a charity undertakes? More…
Culturally appropriate health promotion, or cynical marketing ploy? Australia’s storm in a beer glass

Culturally appropriate health promotion, or cynical marketing ploy? Australia’s storm in a beer glass

Drinkwise Australia is one of those industry-funded bodies that does the corporate responsibility bit. In their case the big aim is to transform Australian drinking culture by championing the cause of moderation and so reduce harmful consumption patterns. “Yeah… and... More…
Health tomorrow?

Health tomorrow?

Health apps are all the rage, but have they really been taken to heart by the end consumer? More…
For integration, read fragmentation

For integration, read fragmentation

Integrated care as a panacea for all that ails the NHS masks wider processes of privatisation in the English healthcare system. Debate about the shape and tenor of integrated care is needed to reverse the ongoing marketisation of statutory English... More…
Taking responsibility for our health

Taking responsibility for our health

Last week the chairman of NICE, David Haslam called for patients to stop being deferential to doctors and be more proactive in ensuring that they receive the best healthcare available.  He argues that, patients should be more aware of the... More…
Holiday parasites and furry friends

Holiday parasites and furry friends

What did you bring back from your last holiday? Some happy memories, a sun-tan or perhaps something more exotic?  A parasite? A stray dog? Both? Seventy-five per-cent of new human diseases are zoonotic. Concern for human public health means monitoring... More…
‘BREAKING BAD’: markets, healthcare and drug money

‘BREAKING BAD’: markets, healthcare and drug money

This article contains spoilers The TV series Breaking Bad reached its conclusion at the end of September last year.  This acclaimed drama has been described as: the most revered show of the modern golden age of television; as Dostoevsky in... More…
Letter from America

Letter from America

A visit to the ‘land of freedom’ with its catastrophic health care costs is a warning not to be complacent about the NHS … Where it’s brushed against poison ivy, Kelly’s skin is badly blistered, a rash slowly spreading down... More…
A&E crisis is a symptom, not a cause

A&E crisis is a symptom, not a cause

Contrary to popular belief, attendances have stayed static since 2003 in what the Department of Health calls type 1 units – the big hospital-based A&E departments. Indeed, not a week passes without a news story about A&E departments: seven threatened... More…
Manufacturing perfect debtors: a comment on the UK debt industries

Manufacturing perfect debtors: a comment on the UK debt industries

The growing issue of personal debt (the so-called debt crisis) is more and more being represented as an issue of individual financial capability and responsibility. Problems of personal debt are constructed as something that can be remedied through improved access to financial management... More…