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Conservative plan for the NHS – but does it add up?

Conservative plan for the NHS – but does it add up?

In his first 100 days as prime minister, Boris Johnson made several pledges and confirmed those of the former PM Theresa May to support the NHS. Many of these feature in the Conservative Party manifesto, even though they have been... More…
Capitalist Creep on Campus

Capitalist Creep on Campus

The largest, quietest privatisation in UK history – it’s why we’re striking For the next week and a half, many UK university lecturers will be on strike again, but who outside of academia really cares? After all, university academics have great jobs.... More…
The 'Appliance of Science'?

The ‘Appliance of Science’?

The topsy-turvy world of the NHS’s relationship with minority groups and their non-standard care requirements When the NHS was last in expansion and a ‘transformation’ was underway, one of the guiding principles was called  “World Class Commissioning“. It was the... More…
Election 2019

Election 2019

“McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose, as a matter of policy and a perfect expression of everything he stands for.... More…
Are cities bad for our mental health?

Are cities bad for our mental health?

Are cities bad for our mental health? The question of cities and mental health was once a key topic for sociologists and psychiatrists. In the 1930s, sociologists Faris and Dunham argued that the prevalence of schizophrenia in Chicago was caused,... More…
Tech Companies are Shaping Health Knowledge for Profit

Tech Companies are Shaping Health Knowledge for Profit

Healthcare and treatment have always been closely entwined with technological innovation and learning. Knowledge of the body, as well as treatments and procedures which medics perform, have been made possible by the development of stethoscopes, X-rays and MRIs amongst myriad... More…
Ending the hostile environment in health: The responsibility of intellectuals

Ending the hostile environment in health: The responsibility of intellectuals

As usual I was running late. Walking away from patients or relatives at the end of the day working as a doctor in the NHS is never an easy task. But it is something that has become increasingly difficult since... More…
The myth of sudden 'No-deal' food shortages

The myth of sudden ‘No-deal’ food shortages

A friend of mine whispered to me the other day that he is stockpiling items of food in advance of the impending ‘no deal’ Brexit food chaos. Indeed a quarter of UK voters have started taking precautions against the adverse... More…
Political Suicide

Political Suicide

Last week it was #WorldSuicidePreventionDay – social media was awash with supportive messages being thrown into the ether for whoever might see/need them, or to virtue signal. We are told it is ok not to be ok, that we should... More…
Cool to Care?

Cool to Care?

Social Change, the Climate Emergency, and the ‘Snowflake Generation’ The idea that it’s ‘cool to care’ and the recent rise of ethical consumerism in the UK has been driven by ‘Millennials’. But is ‘cool to care’ simply a reworking of... More…
Predictive Genetics For All - Minister Hancock’s big idea

Predictive Genetics For All – Minister Hancock’s big idea

The future of the NHS is in prevention rather than cure. And the mass application of genetic profiling can bring that about say Health Minister Hancock and his new best friend…. There are big changes afoot in terms of the... More…
Health Visiting and the MMR: a matter of mutual decline

Health Visiting and the MMR: a matter of mutual decline

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is reported to be concerned about the falling level of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination in the United Kingdom. The country has now lost its measles-free status, just three years after this was recognized... More…