Health & Environment

Health & Environment

‘False autonomy': Why libertarians should cheer the defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill

‘False autonomy': Why libertarians should
cheer the defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill

By Peter D. Williams Today, the Assisted Dying Bill of Labour MP Rob Marris received Second Reading in the House of Commons, and was emphatically crushed by 330 votes to 118. The argument for the passing of this Bill, and its legislative cousin the Falconer Bill (introduced in the Lords […]

by × September 11, 2015 ×

Health & Environment

Would charging for GP appointments  be so bad?

Would charging for GP appointments
be so bad?

“Doctor, doctor I swallowed a bone!” “Are you choking?” “No, I really did!”   “Doctor, doctor I feel like a pack of cards! “I’ll deal with you later…”   “Doctor, doctor, I’ve got a bunged up nose and a headache. Can you prescribe me something?” “Go home, take some Paracetamol […]

by × August 18, 2015 ×

Health & Environment, Law & Order

‘Legal high’ ban risks dragging us into a positive system of law

‘Legal high’ ban risks dragging us into a
positive system of law

Filling minutes of otherwise dead air to scare parents at the end of news broadcasts, the mythical legal high menace rears its head every other day, it seems. Now, the Government seeks to put an end to it once and for all with its blanket ban promise. Alas, it is an […]

by × May 29, 2015 ×

Health & Environment, News

When the NHS is so poorly managed, no amount of extra money will fix it

When the NHS is so poorly managed, no
amount of extra money will fix it

“I have never come across any business that measures its success by the amount of money it spends. Yet, all too often, that is precisely what government does. Increased financial commitment to the NHS is provided as proof of emotional commitment to universal health care: I spend, therefore I care. […]

by × April 24, 2015 ×

Health & Environment

Sugar & obesity: The revolving door ofGovt. regulation strikes again

Sugar & obesity: The revolving door of
Govt. regulation strikes again

“One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary.” Ayn Rand, 1975 At the time the above words were […]

by × February 22, 2015 ×

Health & Environment, News

The NHS’ problem is poor management, and whistleblowing proposals don’t fix that

The NHS’ problem is poor management,
and whistleblowing proposals don’t fix that

By Emily Barley @ThinkEmily You may recall that last year I spoke to an NHS business manager about what might be causing the NHS to lose out on contracts to private providers. The message then was clear: poor management and the wrong people in post. Following the release of the […]

by × February 11, 2015 ×

Health & Environment, News

NHS losing contracts because bids not ‘thought out’ properly

NHS losing contracts because bids not
‘thought out’ properly

As we heard this week, growing numbers of NHS contracts are being awarded by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to private providers. This is partly as a consequence of the new-ish CCG system which puts GPs in greater control of how services are provided – and who provides them. CCGs tender […]

by × December 11, 2014 ×

Health & Environment, News

The topsy-turvy world of NHS debate

The topsy-turvy world of NHS debate

We live in a very strange world and, in politics, everything gets all the stranger. It’s a bit like stumbling into Royston Vasey or visiting one of bizarre areas of Ireland where everything travels upstream (or is that just in Father Ted?) Case in point is the recent hysterical reaction to a not-so-recent […]

by × November 13, 2014 ×

Health & Environment, Home Affairs, Taxation

The next public health war? Watch out sugar.

The next public health war?
Watch out sugar.

By Emily Barley I was getting ready for work this morning when the news on the radio announced some people calling for a tax on sugar. I spent the journey in thinking through all of the reasons why a tax on sugar is a terrible idea. I was going to […]

by × September 16, 2014 ×

Health & Environment

Beyond tipping point; a right to die

Beyond tipping point; a right to die

To many, the matter of assisted suicide is of little significance; but to those whose lives it affects, or those with relational ties to those whom it might be seen as a desirable option, the importance of the issue cannot be downplayed as indicated by over a hundred peers looking […]

by × July 21, 2014 ×

Health & Environment, Press Cuttings

Press release: Average NHS hospital worker in England takes 13.8 days off sick per year – and in some hospitals more than 19

Press release: Average NHS hospital worker
in England takes 13.8 days off sick per year
– and in some hospitals more than 19

​Research by Conservatives for Liberty, a free market campaign group, has found that the average NHS hospital worker in England took a shocking 13.8 days off sick in 2013-14. This compares to a national average of 4.4 days per year (ONS). The worst offenders are (days per worker per year): […]

by × July 17, 2014 ×

Health & Environment

Matt Ridley talks e-cigs on Newsnight

Matt Ridley talks e-cigs on Newsnight

By Emily Barley Matt Ridley, journalist and Conservative Peer (and friend of Conservatives for Liberty) appeared on yesterday’s Newsnight, arguing against the regulation of e-cigarettes. His argument was very clear: e-cigarettes are of minimal harm and are helping people to quit smoking. “All the evidence suggests it’s now the top […]

by × March 5, 2014 ×