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    Britain’s surprising election: austerity and inequality make for angry and unpredictable voters

Britain’s surprising election: austerity and inequality make for angry and unpredictable voters

The unexpected result of the general election is just another case of voters punishing governments for their handling of the economy, writes Jonathan Hopkin. He argues citizens have had enough of an economic system that deliberately benefits only the few. Established political parties have failed to provide a vision for change, and so new political leaders who do so […]

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    WannaCry: the ransomware attack on the NHS and what we can learn from it

WannaCry: the ransomware attack on the NHS and what we can learn from it

The global malware infection WannaCry spread across computers in over 48 NHS organisations in May 2017, raising questions about how protected NHS data are. Matt Willis explains how these attacks happen and writes that, although healthcare organizations are a prime target, it is unlikely that the NHS was deliberately attacked.

On Friday, May 12 2017, a global malware infection of […]

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    Who’s serious about the NHS? Reviewing the Labour and Conservative pledges

Who’s serious about the NHS? Reviewing the Labour and Conservative pledges

What was intended to be a ‘Brexit election’ has turned into one focusing less on the negotiations and much more on health and social care. But do the manifestos grasp and address the real pressures the health service is under? Sally Ruane reviews the Labour and Conservative policies on funding, staffing, re-organisation, and privatisation.

The NHS is facing persistent […]

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    The manifestos on the NHS: sticking plasters for health and social care

The manifestos on the NHS: sticking plasters for health and social care

Tony Hockley reviews the Conservative and Labour pledges on health and social care and writes that both fail to offer a sustainable vision for long-term NHS funding. What’s worse, the two main parties continue to treat the NHS only as a treatment service, and so their promises neither reflect nor envision changes that would promote a more active living.

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    The Conservative manifesto and social care: policy-making on the hoof

The Conservative manifesto and social care: policy-making on the hoof

The Conservative Party manifesto plans for funding long-term care took most people by surprise. Melanie Henwood argues that the rapid unravelling of the proposals and the continued confusion raise fundamental questions both about the direction of policy and about the leadership of the Party.

One of the dangers in going for a snap election is that it catches everyone on […]

Inside the ‘new NHS’: where are the citizens?

Where does accountability lie within the NHS? Bob Hudson writes that the current ways of the healthcare system make public scrutiny and citizen accountability opaque and increasingly incomprehensible to outsiders. He argues that engaging with citizens is key to giving the healthcare debate legitimacy.

The issue of citizen accountability in the NHS has been troublesome from the outset. Aneurin Bevan’s […]

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    From public services to “services to the public”: the three elements of contemporary welfare

From public services to “services to the public”: the three elements of contemporary welfare

Public services are dying a slow death, but what comes next? Lord Adebowale and Henry Kippin set out a vision for a move towards “services to the public” – a vision that requires us to re-think the needs of citizens, the reality of a mixed economy, as well as the relationship between citizens and the state.

Public services as we […]

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    From high street retailer to provider of community eyecare? The future of the optical professions

From high street retailer to provider of community eyecare? The future of the optical professions

Do we see opticians as healthcare service providers or as retailers? Angharad Jones draws on research to outline some of the challenges optical professionals face in the commercial environment they operate, and explains why a balance must be struck between the needs of patients and the needs of the business.

The General Optical Council – the national regulator for the […]

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