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Digital doctors On-line consultations in general practice take the pressure off practitioners and have changed general practice for the better. This is becoming conventional wisdom, but some evidence suggests otherwise. According to a modelling study from the University of Liverpool,…

This is the bleak assessment of the UKs public health response to Covid 19 in the British Medical Journal 23 May 2020 (p269). The editorial documents a series of failures of decision making, on a background of the decimation of…

The coronavirus pandemic has brought great change across our society, including in health and social care. There are of course terrible consequences – loss of life, illness and bereaved families, as well as the closing down of normal social discourse.…

Money talks With so much money flying around it makes sense to get the health economists’ views on Covid-19. Where better to look than The Academic Health Economists’ Blog of May 4th  Potential lessons for health economics relate to the…

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From the systemic failure of PPE over Covid-19, to bringing in the army, Freemasons, neolibralism and the government decisions that have undermined public health, where did February go? Health Matters editors are not sure, and apologise for the lack of…

Mind your mindfulness Simon Wessley, Academic Psychiatrist at Kings College London, is a self-confessed member of the Boring Boffin club who prefers evidence to ideology. Yes, he says, there has been in increase in the true prevalence of mental disorders…

No prisoners A lot of nonsense is written about privatisation of the NHS, and some of it is so eloquent that it gets into the London Review of Books. Eloquence and nonsense are compatible, of course, as two letter writers…

In a spin Revolving doors are old hat in the NHS, which has swapped staff with big Pharma for decades. More doors are turning now, as the NHS recruits from industry and NHS managers move into an expanding commercial health…

It is difficult to make sense of  health politics, let alone keep up with it. News from Nowhere is the monthly bulletin of Health Matters magazine,  carrying stories about policy initiatives and events in the NHS, social care and the…

Ambulances in a gig economy. Private ambulance company SSG UK Specialist Ambulance Service Ltd was put in administration in early September. The company mainly provides emergency and non-emergency transport services for the NHS. Private providers carry out up to 15…

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