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2015: Time for politicians to make a healthy New Year’s resolution

2015: Time for politicians to make a healthy New Year’s resolution

It’s that time of year. Millions of British people resolve to change. Quit smoking. Eat better. Exercise more. Drink less. Breaking a New Year’s resolution is as much a British tradition as making one though. So what can we learn... More…
Highlights of 2014

Highlights of 2014

Dear Readers, Thanks for reading our posts and for following us on twitter.  Also thanks to the many guest authors who have blogged for us over the last year.  We hope you all have a merry break and a very... More…
Children in Need of Charity?

Children in Need of Charity?

Each year the country comes together in mass acts of philanthropy, raising money in all kinds of inventive, extraordinary and impressive ways to help children who are less fortunate than they are.  Each year a significant amount of money is... More…
Trouble in social democratic paradise – the Swedish model crumbles?

Trouble in social democratic paradise – the Swedish model crumbles?

I live in the social democratic paradise that a generation of British-lefties admired as the good society: Sweden. Radical social reforms undertaken from 1932 to 1976 (when the Social Democratic party governed continuously), engineered a system that lived up to... More…
Visibility and invisibility in a leaderless NHS

Visibility and invisibility in a leaderless NHS

Alex Stevenson wrote a piece on the politics.co.uk blog last week where he talked about leadership in the post-reform NHS.  He reviewed the findings of a recent Public Administration Select Committee, detailing a lack of accountability across UK healthcare provision,... More…
Detoxing Schools: Do lotteries for school places offer the best medicine?

Detoxing Schools: Do lotteries for school places offer the best medicine?

The best social science book I have read this year is Toxic Schools, Bowen Paulle’s account of urban high-school-life in New York and Amsterdam. Paulle demonstrates how divisive educational systems that segregate poor, black and other ethnic minority students into... More…
Ebola: Media Narratives and Public Responses

Ebola: Media Narratives and Public Responses

The Ebola crisis has been described by the WHO as “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times” and national governments, aid organisations and others have reacted to the crisis at this level. But what about public understandings... More…
Evidence, Experience & Exclusions: A review of a recent workshop

Evidence, Experience & Exclusions: A review of a recent workshop

‘Can experience be used as evidence?’ That was the question at a workshop organized earlier this month by the Health Experiences Group at Oxford. The question does not only interest academics. Researchers from different disciplines were joined by clinicians, policy... More…
Last throw of the dice…?

Last throw of the dice…?

Is the granting of new rights to desperate patients and their doctors in the Medical Innovations Bill a valiant attempt to save lives - or will it turn the NHS into an unethical guinea-pig farm? More…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…