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    Book Review: All Our Welfare: Towards Participatory Social Policy by Peter Beresford

Book Review: All Our Welfare: Towards Participatory Social Policy by Peter Beresford

As the UK welfare state comes under increased pressure, in All Our Welfare: Towards Participatory Social Policy, Peter Beresford offers a critique of its past, present and future from a participatory perspective. Drawing upon personal experience and the theories of welfare service user movements, Beresford outlines the limitations of past approaches and explores ways in which service user ideas and experiences […]

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    The Queen’s speech and the NHS: Is secondary legislation the new primary legislation?

The Queen’s speech and the NHS: Is secondary legislation the new primary legislation?

Seasoned political observers may have been scratching their heads after yesterday’s Queen’s speech and wondering: where are all the big ticket Bills that are going to dominate this parliament? Many expected a majority Government with four years before the next General Election to announce Bills by the bucket load, argues Sally Percy, but this year’s speech left us with a […]

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    NHS walk-in centres are popular, but they don’t relieve pressure from A&Es

NHS walk-in centres are popular, but they don’t relieve pressure from A&Es

In 2010 NHS Walk-in Centres were a valued feature of around 200 communities in England, but many of these facilities have since closed or are facing closure. Ted Pinchbeck’s research may go some way to explaining why: less than a fifth of patients attending a centre would otherwise have attended an A&E, meaning the centres do little to relieve […]

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    Job coaches in GP surgeries: another attempt to pathologise the unemployed?

Job coaches in GP surgeries: another attempt to pathologise the unemployed?

The government will soon be placing job coaches in GP surgeries in Islington as part of a pilot to “coach” the unemployed into work. What is the aim of this process, how will its results going to be evaluated, and who will deliver it? Here, Elizabeth Cotton explains that the devil is in the detail and raises the questions […]

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    Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System by Mark Britnell

Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System by Mark Britnell

Mark Britnell is one of the UK’s most knowledgeable health management professionals, with boundless enthusiasm for healthcare and a mission to encourage countries to collaborate for the benefit of patients and citizens in general. In Search of the Perfect Health System is a series of essays based on his observation of health systems around the world, from which he […]

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    The junior doctor contract: the BMA must pick up the pieces and move forward

The junior doctor contract: the BMA must pick up the pieces and move forward

The latest episode of the four year battle between the Government and the British Medical Association (BMA) serves as stark reminder of the loneliness of ministerial office. But, argues Tony Hockley, in the end the buck really does stop with the Secretary of State. If the BMA works with the Health Secretary they could make further progress on the new contract, even […]

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    The politics of health: taking the long view on the state of the NHS

The politics of health: taking the long view on the state of the NHS

The NHS never seems to be out of the news. Currently, the sense of a crumbling, deteriorating system is almost palpable, whether it is broken budgets, hospitals in special measures, staffing issues, low morale, or lengthening waiting times. Here, David Hunter argues that we must acknowledge that the real debate is political, not technical, revolving around the erosion of the public […]

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    Cure over prevention: the boost to NHS funding is at the expense of preventative healthcare

Cure over prevention: the boost to NHS funding is at the expense of preventative healthcare

In the 2015 Spending Review the government announced it will increase NHS spending by £10bn per year by 2020. Nasrul Ismail argues that combined with cuts to funding for public health, the increase means spending is focusing on urgent care and undermines the prevention agenda. He explains that a more effective preventative policy would decrease financial dependencies in the […]

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