Can we blame the recession for healthcare austerity?

Can we blame the recession for healthcare austerity?

In the early 1990s, following a decade of state retrenchment under Thatcher and Reagan, political scientist Paul Pierson observed that despite repeated efforts to reduce healthcare spending “governments generally found health care to be a cause of political headaches rather... More…
The Demise of the Inconveniently Good Beveridge Model: Part 2

The Demise of the Inconveniently Good Beveridge Model: Part 2

Part 1 presented evidence that England is now rearranging one of the world’s most effective and most efficient health care systems into a copy of the world’s least financially efficient system. Part 2 documents the role of politicians and private... More…
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Is Care Unsafe for People with a Learning Disability? The Case of Connor Sparrowhawk

Is Care Unsafe for People with a Learning Disability? The Case of Connor Sparrowhawk

Connor Sparrowhawk was 18 years old when he drowned in the bath in a NHS short term treatment and assessment facility (Slade House run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust) on 4th July 2013. He had learning disabilities and epilepsy... More…
The Bad Patient

The Bad Patient

Questions of good patients and bad patients mean different things to professionals and policy makers. Is patient empowerment something tangible or are patients simply a pawn between these competing interests? More…
Letter to Ed Miliband: full text of letter from National Health Action Party

Letter to Ed Miliband: full text of letter from National Health Action Party

Friday, 19 September 2014 Dear Mr Miliband We are writing to you as concerned doctors and co-leaders of the National Health Action Party. We set up this party to defend and improve the NHS and hold to account politicians who... More…
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…
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…