Health & Environment

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 ×

Health & Environment, Liberty

Plain packaging: plain wrong

Plain packaging: plain wrong

Plain packaging of cigarettes has to be the worst idea since Jedward attempted to sing.  With Public Health Minister Jane Ellison’s announcement that plain packaging could be put into force by 2015, the nanny state is back, under a Conservative-led government no less. Plain packaging is another attempt by members […]

by × December 4, 2013 ×

Health & Environment

We need to talk about the NHS

We need to talk about the NHS

By Dominic Trynka-Watson The NHS is often held up as the greatest achievement of post-war Britain and frequently termed ‘the envy of the world’. Indeed, the NHS as a system enjoys an unusual status whereby it is insulated from criticism by proponents across the political spectrum, who seem to imagine […]

by × June 26, 2013 ×

Capitalism, Health & Environment

Plain packaging is plain madness

Plain packaging is plain madness

By Stephen Hoffman Plain packaging is a policy that would force shopkeepers across the UK to hide cigarettes in metal boxes and with all the packaging plain. No cigarettes would be branded and there would be no trademarks. In short all cigarettes would look drearily the same. As part of […]

by × April 7, 2013 ×

Health & Environment

How many more Staffords before we seriously consider NHS breakup?

How many more Staffords before we
seriously consider NHS breakup?

Probably one of the most underplayed points of agreement between many Liberals and Conservatives is support for breaking up the NHS. It’s a little-known fact but, in 2005, then-MEP Nick Clegg declared “We do want to break up the NHS” because “frankly the faults of the British health service compared […]

by × February 13, 2013 ×