Category: ERA 3

Winner of the 2020 Chutzpah prize  Remember these words: “The government has consistently this year been ahead of the curve in terms of proactive decisions on coronavirus”. They were spoken by Home Secretary Priti Patel, last month, and put down…

In the 1990’s I spent six years (part time) working in a research/writing capacity in the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Portman Clinic, working very closely with the founder and then Director of the service, Dr Domenico Di Ceglie.…

North/South divide  England’s North-South divide affects everything in the NHS including health services research and development. Overall, the North of England receives £4 billion less investment per year in health research and development (R&D) than the South. It receives just…

Computer says No! In a recent edition of the Academic Health Economist’s Blog Chris Sampson predicted that by about 2050, all established national screening programmes will have started to change into risk-based screening programmes. This means that only those at…

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…

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