Category: ERA 3

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…

Treasury says No University College London Hospital Foundation Trust thinks it can save £30 million a year by terminating its PFI bill at a cost of £550 million. The Trust would need to borrow this sum from the Department of…

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  A breath of fresh air If you have not encountered the policy commentator Matt Black you have missed a rich source of critical thinking about the NHS.  Matt argues that media headlines are, more often than not, driven by…

Nationalising General Practice Paul Williams MP, writing in the Guardian on May 8th, states (quite rightly) that some GPs are open to the idea of being salaried employees of the NHS. He may also be right that directing doctors to…

Too small to succeed A small independent midwifery provider, Neighbourhood Midwives, closed suddenly in January of this year. Based in Waltham Forrest, the company ran a ‘continuity of care’ pilot, where each woman was looked after by a small team…

Squabbling about the NHS. What has happened to the Socialist Health Association? Readers of HM may be aware that the SHA is affiliated to the Labour Party, but that position may be under challenge after recent events. Private Eye picked…