GPs aren't private companies - but the private takeover is nearing

GPs aren’t private companies – but the private takeover is nearing

All GP practices will have to open to private sector competition, NHS England has announced. Is this why 85% of GPs think the NHS will be fully privatised in 10 years? ‘All you GPs are private providers anyway’ I often have... More…
The Janus–face of e-cigarettes

The Janus–face of e-cigarettes

“I feel like there is a new toy in the market, let’s try this you know because it’s supposed to be healthy and not cause any health problems, but it’s a chemical that they don’t need. It’s not going to... More…
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TubeCrush: Privacy, Sexism and Consent in the Digital Age

TubeCrush: Privacy, Sexism and Consent in the Digital Age

Sexual desire and abuse have become networked and hashtag-able. Mobile devices have made women’s bodies more public, often without consent, and in ways that mark them as sexual objects. This takes place alongside a visual culture that expects women to... More…
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Mental Health Policy at a Cross Roads in the UK

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Mental Health Policy at a Cross Roads in the UK

BME inequality in terms of mental health service use and service provision is no further forward than it was 10 years ago. It needs to be urgently addressed as a high priority area of social policy. More…
‘Normal birth’ and ‘breast is best’: the neoliberalisation of reproduction

‘Normal birth’ and ‘breast is best’: the neoliberalisation of reproduction

Neoliberalism has influenced reproduction and birth in a myriad of ways. Much of this re-aapropriates feminist critiques, blunting them of their radical edge and inculcating market principles into childbirth and childcare More…
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…
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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