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Posts tagged "Cost of Living"
Heatwaves are social murder

Heatwaves are social murder

Heat kills.  We have known this for some time.  Whenever a heatwave occurs, an increase in excess deaths occurs. The European heatwaves of 2003 witnessed an excess of 75,000 deaths, with 15,000 of those occurring in France alone. The World... More…
The Launch of the Integrated Care Boards and the dismantling of universal healthcare

The Launch of the Integrated Care Boards and the dismantling of universal healthcare

On 1st July 2022 Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) took over commissioning responsibility for the NHS. This followed the Health and Social Care Act receiving Royal Assent at the end of April and passing in to law.  Integrated Care Boards are... More…
The flailing PM is rewriting history to claim ‘COVID success’.

The flailing PM is rewriting history to claim ‘COVID success’.

Boris Johnson looks set to cling to ‘the vaccine rollout’ in an effort to stay afloat. In truth, he failed on COVID. Boris Johnson survived his no-confidence vote – just. But with over 40% of his MPs wanting him out... More…
The unaffordable cost of living

The unaffordable cost of living

Rishi-eat-out-to-help-out Sunak has been busy recently trying to address the snowballing cost of living crisis faced by millions of UK citizens. He announced new policies to help those who will find the ‘struggle is too hard and the risks too... More…
Un-care-able

Un-care-able

Stories of self-harm and the impossibility of care In 1987 renowned psychiatrist Armando Favazza, in his field-defining book on self-injury Bodies Under Siege, declared (with remarkable confidence) that “no one loves self-mutilators” (244). In fairness to Favazza, he makes the... More…
The Long COVID Report

The Long COVID Report

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report into Long COVID was released about a month ago. One important detail is that of the 14 members of the Group, from many different parties, and from both the House of Commons and Lords,... More…
Cancer during COVID

Cancer during COVID

How our research on antimicrobial resistance & health inequalities became more personal In 2019 I was awarded a Wellcome Trust grant. My project promised to look at the question of inequality and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from different perspectives in the... More…
Child custody, racism, conspiracies and Swedish Social Services

Child custody, racism, conspiracies and Swedish Social Services

Demonstrations against Swedish Social Services’ treatment of children from immigrant families outside parliament buildings in Stockholm are the visible aspect of a battle that is largely taking place on social media. Some of the demonstrators are parents campaigning to have... More…
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…
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…