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    Five minutes with Richard Layard: “Mental illness is the biggest single cause of misery in our society”

Five minutes with Richard Layard: “Mental illness is the biggest single cause of misery in our society”

In an interview with Joel Suss, editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, Richard Layard discusses the importance of combating mental illness and his new book, Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, which he co-authored with David Clark. Both authors presented the findings and arguments of their new book at a public event at the LSE with Andrew Marr.

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    Patient power could be the driving force behind a revolution in the NHS

Patient power could be the driving force behind a revolution in the NHS

Public service user engagement is all the rage across the UK’s three main political parties, with agreement from all ends of the political spectrum that the more we here from people who use services, the better. Here, writing about a new report from OPM, Michael Bonnet and Ingrid Prikken argue that patient power could be the driving force behind a renewed and reformed […]

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    Discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff within the NHS is widespread, deep-rooted, systemic and largely unchanging

Discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff within the NHS is widespread, deep-rooted, systemic and largely unchanging

Research by Roger Kline finds that black and minority ethnic (BME) staff are grossly under-represented at senior levels of the NHS and their presence has declined despite the increasing number of BME nurses and doctors. Urgent discussion and action is needed to prevent further damage to staff well being and to patient care.

The NHS is England’s largest employer of Black […]

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What market-based patient choice can’t do for the NHS

Choice in healthcare does not often work in ways that economic models predict and policy makers expect, writes Marianna Fotaki. For example, the evidence that choice leads to greater efficiency is not persuasive.  The theory of market imperfections in healthcare demonstrates the problems of replicating such simplistic assumptions about human behaviour in policy settings.

The Coalition government is committed to a […]

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    The Privacy Impact Assessment undertaken for care.data isn’t clear on what opting out would mean for our data

The Privacy Impact Assessment undertaken for care.data isn’t clear on what opting out would mean for our data

Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) exist to aid policymakers mitigate identified privacy risks and minimise unintended privacy impacts. So did the care.data PIA miss important issues or were its recommendations mishandled? It would appear both, writes Edgar Whitley. 

A recent edition of the Daily Telegraph led with a story about the details of the care.data proposals.  In making its claims that patient confidentiality could […]

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    The marketisation of the NHS is a bad deal that has arguably caused real harm to services

The marketisation of the NHS is a bad deal that has arguably caused real harm to services

The significant financial pressure that will strain the English NHS for the foreseeable future makes avoidance of waste essential. Since the 1980s market reforms have been advanced as a means by which to curb waste, but Calum Paton finds that market policies have incurred huge direct and opportunity costs while arguably damaging the service provided. Do the questionable benefits outweigh […]

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The dynamic consent model provides a way forward for care.data

What do the delays to the care.data plans tell us about privacy and policy making? Edgar A. Whitley considers whether the delays are the result of a poor communication strategy, ill–advised nudges or the consequences of a particular view of respect for persons and individual autonomy. A six month delay in the implementation of the controversial care.data proposals has just been […]

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We need a better understanding of the effects of ‘medical tourism’ on health systems to have an informed debate about fairness and regulation

Medical tourism is not a one-way street. Research shows the number of patients travelling from the UK for treatment abroad is greater than the number coming to the UK. Johanna Hanefeld, Neil Lunt and Richard Smith looked at effects of health tourists on the NHS and uncovered a nuanced picture which has implications for debates around medical tourism, migration and health. Recent public attention […]

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