Category: ERA 3

Hindsight not needed Dominic Cumming’s revelations about the Prime Minister and the management of the Covid-19 pandemic made for gripping television, but did they tell us anything we did not already know? If you have doubts look at Coronavirus: 38…

Walkies! The Office for Health Promotion has been set up in the Department of Health and Social Care “to improve and level up the health of the nation”. It will explore how incentives can encourage healthier behaviour, inspired by Singapore’s system…

Since 2013 the Third Era Group (which the authors co chair) has been bringing people together to develop policies for the care system in England as it enters its third era.  The Group rightly predicted that the infamous pro market…

Even the memory of Fascism is bad for babies Of course it is. Fascism is bad for most people. Even Fascists can suffer from it. What’s less obvious is that stimulating memories of fascism has bodily consequences. A Spanish study…

You and whose army? A News from Nowhere mole overheard this delicious exchange originating somewhere in a parallel universe: SwEL1*   If we don’t prevent the Long Term Plan Bill being enshrined in law we will never have a universal…

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,…

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