Health & Environment

#GE4L, Health & Environment

Have you heard the one about Labour and the NHS?

Have you heard the one about Labour and the NHS?

“I’m voting Labour because of the NHS.’’ How many times have you heard it? A statement worn as a badge of altruistic honour; a noble creed that raises the Labour Party above the sordid cesspool of party politics. The very definition of how Labour is different, how Labour cares. In […]

by × April 28, 2017 ×

Health & Environment

Meddling With Smokers – Governments Cant Kick the Habit

Meddling With Smokers – Governments Cant Kick the Habit

Smoking, once the mainstay of social and business occasions, is now an abhorrent act; one of defiance in the face of accepted norms. The very idea of someone lighting up their cigarette next to a non-smoker generates a great deal of stigma and distaste, but why should non-smokers find tobacco […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Health, Health & Environment

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

Every few weeks someone pops up and says that politics – and politicians – need to be taken out of the NHS. The person proposing this change usually argues one or two things: first, that the NHS has become ‘a political football’, and being subject to the whims of politicians […]

by × March 16, 2017 ×

Health, Health & Environment

You’re all wrong: A bigger NHS budget won’t solve the crisis in delayed discharge. This will.

You’re all wrong: A bigger NHS budget won’t solve the crisis in delayed discharge. This will.

‘Medical outliers’, ‘medically fit’, ‘bed blockers’. These are all terms to describe the same problem: patients who are ready to leave hospital but can’t because the right social care package is not in place. The problem has been described over and over again, for decades. One of my first memories […]

by × January 13, 2017 ×

Health & Environment

What’s wrong with Red Cross helping the NHS?

What’s wrong with Red Cross helping the NHS?

Last weekend marked the start of 2017’s NHS ‘Winter Crisis’ – an annual ritual in which the Labour Party claim the Tories have wantonly and irreversibly destroyed the Health Service. Proceedings began after Red Cross volunteers were drafted in to assist besieged Accident & Emergency staff, amid reports that three […]

by × January 11, 2017 ×

Health & Environment, Liberty

Christopher Snowdon on the Moral Argument for Choice & Personal Responsibility

Christopher Snowdon on the Moral Argument for Choice & Personal Responsibility

Christopher Snowdon’s 2015 speech at the Palace of Westminster for the Conservatives for Liberty lobby evening: Forgive Us Our Trespasses: The Moral Case for Choice & Personal Responsibility  When I think about personal liberty and the nanny state; I think of first and foremost of the so-called “public health” lobby. They seem […]

by × September 23, 2016 ×

Health, Health & Environment

Give failing NHS Trusts more freedom to innovate: ‘Academy Trusts’

Give failing NHS Trusts more freedom to innovate: ‘Academy Trusts’

The NHS needs reform, renewal and innovation The NHS is in a mess. As a structure it is failing to keep up with the growing and changing demands of the country, including an aging population. More money is poured in every year – yes, the NHS budget is rising – […]

by × September 15, 2016 ×

Health & Environment, Taxation

The Sugar Tax should go the way of the Pasty Tax

The Sugar Tax should go the way of the Pasty Tax

Statement from the People Against Sugar Tax campaign The sugar tax will be one of the silliest taxes in recent times. We all remember the pasty tax in 2012. It generated headlines all over the world before the Chancellor wisely scrapped the tax. Well now we have the sugar tax, […]

by × August 23, 2016 ×

Health & Environment, Liberty

5 reasons the sugar tax is a bad idea

5 reasons the sugar tax is a bad idea

1. It won’t work. Advocates of the sugar tax often point to Mexico as a prime example, but the tax has had a negligible effect on obesity and calorie intake, which is the primary purpose of the levy. The link being drawn between decreased sugar consumption and the tax being […]

by × August 18, 2016 ×

Health & Environment

Conservatives must take sides on the NHS

Conservatives must take sides on the NHS

In November 2007 my grandmother died a protracted, agonising, unnecessary death on ward 11 of Mid Staffs Hospital. My mother, appalled by the ‘Care’ that she received, placed an ad in the local paper appealing for anyone else who had suffered there. Her phone did not stop ringing for 3 […]

by × May 25, 2016 ×

Health & Environment

The NHS cannot be made better

The NHS cannot be made better

The NHS is a mass of contradictions. It is the envy of the world but no other country has tried to copy it. It is all that is good about us as a nation, but it is constantly in crisis. The NHS is perfect, but nobody is happy with it. […]

by × May 23, 2016 ×

Health & Environment

The cynicism of the NHS Junior Doctors’ Dispute

The cynicism of the NHS Junior Doctors’ Dispute

The junior doctors lost the moral high ground when they decided to portray a debate about pay and conditions as a high-minded effort to “save the NHS” James Kirkup has a great piece in the Telegraph in which he charges that the junior doctors’ dispute has reached an impasse not […]

by × April 26, 2016 ×