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Sociology and COVID

Sociology and COVID

Sociology has multiple branches and agendas, and there is no gainsaying the need for cautious well-planned sociological research around the coronavirus pandemic (hereafter COVID). And such research takes time, almost as long sometimes as the commission that will doubtless be... More…
Public fundraising for the NHS, and its discomforts

Public fundraising for the NHS, and its discomforts

The fundraising of Captain Tom Moore and many others during the coronavirus outbreak has propelled charitable giving to the NHS into the public eye. At the time of writing, NHS Charities Together had raised over £100 million for its emergency... More…
Loss and Grief during COVID

Loss and Grief during COVID

As inherently social beings, most of us have a need for physical contact with others to provide comfort during difficult emotional times.  Losing a loved one during the COVID pandemic brings this into sharp relief, with social isolation making loss... More…
A ‘virtual status’ in healthcare: Immigrant key workers against the UK coronavirus crisis

A ‘virtual status’ in healthcare: Immigrant key workers against the UK coronavirus crisis

A ‘key worker’ is defined by NHS Business as ‘a care professional who takes a key role in coordinating the care of the patient and promoting continuity, ensuring the patient knows who to access for information and advice’. National Health Service (NHS)... More…
We need rest, not reflection: psychological support for the medical frontline

We need rest, not reflection: psychological support for the medical frontline

The covid-19 pandemic is likely to put healthcare professionals across the world in an unprecedented situation, having to make impossible decisions and work under extreme pressures. These decisions may include how to allocate scant resources to equally needy patients, how... More…
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…
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…
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…
Leadership Blues

Leadership Blues

As Britain descends further into the dystopian nightmare that Brexit has become, the latest instalment of our journey from serious country to sick joke is the Tory leadership contest.  That a country, that considers itself a democracy, can choose a... More…
The limits of participation?

The limits of participation?

All policies which prioritise the need and value of public participation are underpinned by the idea of a democratic deficit. A democratic deficit can be defined as failings in the levels of accountability and transparency in the ongoing operation of... More…
Frankie Boyle’s hamster & the NHS long-term plan

Frankie Boyle’s hamster & the NHS long-term plan

Back in what now seems like a curiously quaint era for UK civil democracy, the Scottish Independence referendum was the once-in-a-generation opportunity for a group of people to take back control™ of their own political destiny. Despite what must have... More…
Matt Hancock- another victim of Perpetual NHS Shock Syndrome (PNSS)

Matt Hancock- another victim of Perpetual NHS Shock Syndrome (PNSS)

This week, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, called for radical change in the NHS workforce in order to support doctors and nurses who experience trauma in their daily work. Indeed Mr Hancock went so... More…