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Finding the publics to involve in public health research

Finding the publics to involve in public health research

Public involvement in research is essential.  However, when that research addresses public health issues, how best to do this is not straightforward.  Naïve processes of engagement risk tokenism, erosion of good faith, and frustration for all collaborators. The aims of... More…
Ten years of NHS reform: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

10 years of NHS legislation reform

The year 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of this blog. I know it does not seem like 10 years since the Liberal Democrats (remember them?) were reneging on their election pledge on university fees in David Cameron’s coalition government. We... More…
Should We All Have The Right To Die On Our Own Terms?

Should We All Have The Right To Die On Our Own Terms?

As the Assisted Dying Bill is scrutinised in parliament, the debate over whether terminally ill people should have the right to die is heating up again. So, what could a right to die look like in the UK? Campaigners have sought to... More…
The fleeting solidarities of the pandemic?

The fleeting solidarities of the pandemic?

Click the play button on the sound file below.  It is the sound of the street in Aberdeen where I live recorded on April 2nd2020.  I recorded the soundfile during the weekly Clap for Carers event, where the dedication of... More…
Uncertainty, Polarisation and COVID

Uncertainty, Polarisation and COVID

Uncertainty has become a staple of day to day life across the world in the past two years.  The COVID pandemic has introduced uncertainty into all aspects of life, affecting our interactions with others, our work and home lives and... More…
Blinded by the Christmas lights: NICE depression guidelines

Blinded by the Christmas lights: NICE depression guidelines

Reflections on the latest draft of the NICE depression guidelines There is an episode in The Good Fight, (an American legal drama), where in the background to several scenes, a steady flow of evidence boxes are wheeled into the offices... More…
The Richer, The Poorer

The Richer, The Poorer

Lansley, S. (2021) The Richer, The Poorer – How Britain Enriched the Few and Failed the Poor A 200 Year History, Bristol, Policy Press. You might think that someone who starts a book with a quote from singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen like,... More…
An unpatriotic agitation? Public health versus the right to health

An unpatriotic agitation? Public health versus the right to health

Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, medical ethics has incorporated a duty to protect human rights, while rights to a minimum standard of health and access to health care have been successively articulated and elaborated. One recent... More…
Why the hell is the Tory Party still so popular?

Why the hell is the Tory Party still so popular?

When I woke up on Friday 13 December 2019 to a Tory Party majority of 80, I, like many people, knew it would be dire. However, I don’t think anyone envisioned quite how bad things would get.  Johnson’s promise of... More…
The Social Causes of Health and Disease

The Social Causes of Health and Disease

Cockerham, W. C. (2021) Social Causes of Health and Disease (3rd Ed). Cambridge, Polity Press. It’s never a bad idea to return to a disciplinary handbook that offers up the fundamentals of a subject. Regarding this blog, that core discipline... More…
Chaplains: what do they do, and why is it important?

Chaplains: what do they do, and why is it important?

I have been working on a postdoctoral research project during the recent two years which has specifically examined the experiences of Swedish military chaplains, healthcare chaplains, and the lives of military veterans in the aftermath of PTSD or moral and spiritual injury. One shared conclusion across these interview studies... More…
Why Public Health Initiatives & Legislation Need to Engage with Fat Food Justice

Why Public Health Initiatives & Legislation Need to Engage with Fat Food Justice

Food justice is a movement which confronts the various problems around food (in)access and hunger, along with oppression in different stages of food systems. Attention to structural barriers like poverty, racialization, and environmental degradation are foundations of the movement’s work.... More…