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We are all Dr Strangelove now

We are all Dr Strangelove now

It could be argued that there is no greater threat to our health than the possibility that we may be wiped out as a species.  The 1964 Kubrick movie ‘Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love... More…
Abandoned but not forgotten: hospitals, decay and urban exploration

Abandoned but not forgotten: hospitals, decay and urban exploration

Do you find the picture above unsettling, provocative or even beautiful?   It appears to show an old delivery bed set against the clinical white tiles of a hospital maternity room.  But the image is saturated with the disintegration, disorder and... 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…
The inconveniently excellent Beveridge NHS model: Part 1

The inconveniently excellent Beveridge NHS model: Part 1

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... 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…
'Serving the Public?' Media, Politics and The NHS

‘Serving the Public?’ Media, Politics and The NHS

We have medical programmes to suit our every taste. Currently viewers can choose high drama with Channel 4s’ ’24 Hours in A & E‘ filming around the clock in Kings College Hospital, London or everyday stories of sore throats, stress... More…
Inequality

Inequality

As sociologists, being against inequality is not enough. To continue to be relevant sociologists much engage in the protest sector. More…
Lazing on a sunny afternoon? A historical perspective on risk and sunlight

Lazing on a sunny afternoon? A historical perspective on risk and sunlight

As we emerge from the wettest winter on record most of us are looking forward to the summer and the chance to maybe get out into some sunlight.  The pleasures associated with lying on a beach, going for a bike... More…
Is skewing the data any different to juking the stats?

Is skewing the data any different to juking the stats?

Media representations about NHS scandals focus on 'bad apple' professionals, and ignore the crises caused by current government policy, and the commercialisation of UK statutory healthcare. More…
Twitter analytics, sociology and #SaveOurNHS

Twitter analytics, sociology and #SaveOurNHS

The global interconnected network of computers known as the Web offers opportunities  for new forms of social analysis – not least the possibilities offered by ‘big data’  – digital data sets so large they require novel computer  processing and software.... More…
Action and Foresight Sociologies - Urgent!

Action and Foresight Sociologies – Urgent!

At the BSA’s Medical Sociology Group conference in York this year the ‘Cost of Living’ group (@Cost_ofLiving) organized a symposium to address the coalition government’s attack on the National Health Service (NHS) in England. It was a privilege, if a... More…
Ethics at the coalface

Ethics at the coalface

Two different research papers caught my eye this week, and for once both were open for anyone to read. Drawing on studies in very different places – a neuro-degenerative research centre in the UK (Brosnan et al.), and a research... More…