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  • Prescriptions for art classes - the future of the NHS

    Prescriptions for art classes - the future of the NHS

    Emma Revell | | Healthcare
    On Wednesday 19 July 2017, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health, and Wellbeing published a report entitled “Creative Health: The Arts for Wellbeing and Health” which recommended that doctors should prescribe non-medical activities in order to improve the health and wellbeing on the public. This follows a 2015 report ...
  • We need a pledge on a royal commission for the NHS

    We need a pledge on a royal commission for the NHS

    Tim Knox | | Healthcare
    One of the great arguments by those who support the NHS is that it is “fair”; a millionaire at a GP or an NHS hospital will get exactly the same treatment as someone on the lowest income.At least, supposedly.A recent report from the ONS shows that if you live in a smart ...
  • Getting It Right on Social Care

    Getting It Right on Social Care

    David Cowan | | Healthcare
    Next week Philip Hammond will be presenting his first Budget and he has a number of fires to put out. Over the past couple of months, one of the most pressing concerns has been the crisis in social care funding, largely caused by spending cuts to local government.Hammond is expected ...
  • Fighting the Resistance

    Fighting the Resistance

    Daniel Gibbs | | Healthcare
    “The thoughtless person playing with penicillin treatment is morally responsible for the death of the man who succumbs to infection with the penicillin-resistant organism”. These words were spoken not by a politician or a philosopher but by the man that discovered penicillin, Alexander Fleming. From the very start of the ...
  • The problem of excess sugar in drinks and processed foods

    The problem of excess sugar in drinks and processed foods

    Andrew Scott | | Healthcare
    The proposal to tax soft drinks doesn’t address the fundamental need to try and influence all food and drink manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar they add to their products.There has been a small amount of progress by drinks manufacturers to reduce sugars, but no perceptible change from confectionary ...
  • What is costing the NHS?

    What is costing the NHS?

    Thomas Carter | | Healthcare
    Since the founding of the NHS the UK has gone through a period of intense demographic change – the population today looks very different to the one the NHS was established for in 1948. It is well publicised that the service is now facing severe cost pressures. These pressures are ...
  • Drug approval bureaucracy is detrimental to patients

    Drug approval bureaucracy is detrimental to patients

    William Walter | | Healthcare
    The UK’s drug approval process is overly bureaucratic, stifles innovation and hinders patient access to life saving medicine. Reform is needed; Australia is leading the way.The recent announcement that we may have discovered the first effective Alzheimer's treatment to act on the disease process itself, rather than just the symptoms, ...
  • An arbitrary profit cap won't help the NHS

    An arbitrary profit cap won't help the NHS

    Adam Memon | | Healthcare
    There is a certain irony that Ed Miliband chose the site of the 2012 London Olympics today to condemn the growth of markets and competition in the provision of healthcare in the UK. The Olympics Games, of course, is well known for its lack of competition.Miliband proposed introducing a cap ...
  • What dandruff can teach us about funding the NHS

    What dandruff can teach us about funding the NHS

    Jesse Norman MP | | Healthcare
    This article originally appeared in the Financial Times on 28 October 2014.The National Health Service has a problem with dandruff. In 2012 PharmaTimes, a trade magazine, reported that NHS family doctors were fielding 40,000 visits a year from patients complaining of nothing more threatening than an ...