A Blog About Health In Times Of Austerity

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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…
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…
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…
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…
NHS Nu-Speak

NHS Nu-Speak

This email has been scanned for viruses; however we are unable to accept responsibility for any damage caused by the contents. The opinions expressed in this email represent the views of the sender, not [name removed] NHS Foundation Trust unless... More…
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…