Tony Hockley

From Hunt to Hancock: a fresh start for the NHS at 70?

The arrival of a new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in England is a timely opportunity for a bold new start, based on the funding commitment achieved by his predecessor, writes Tony Hockley. He offers his perspective on this recent development.

As the UK celebrates 70 years of its National Health Service, helped along by another £20bn […]

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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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    What the 2017 Conservative manifesto should say about the NHS

What the 2017 Conservative manifesto should say about the NHS

The Conservative Party’s record on healthcare is not its strongest point in the polls. With the NHS caught in what seems like a perpetual crisis, and with services suffering all the more as a result, what promises can Theresa May make in her snap election manifesto? Tony Hockley writes that there is one critical pledge: the NHS must have […]

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    Immigration policy will be the test of Theresa May’s “shared society”

Immigration policy will be the test of Theresa May’s “shared society”

The Prime Minister has a vision for a “shared society”. Yet, the Brexit vote revealed that large sections of the population have a vision for an old order. Tony Hockley writes that in this context, the government’s immigration policy is critical. He sees Brexit as an opportunity to shift norms of local identity, and draws on the Conservative Party’s […]

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    Childhood Obesity: The biggest changes come from incremental steps not silver bullets

Childhood Obesity: The biggest changes come from incremental steps not silver bullets

The easy option is for a politician to tell campaigners what they want to hear. But campaigners rarely take the blame for any failure in future delivery on headline promises. Tony Hockley, former Special Adviser in the Department of Health, discusses the reactions to the Plan for Action on Childhood Obesity whilst making the case for a focus on incremental steps, not silver bullets.

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    Social identity not social cash – why areas that received money from the EU voted against it

Social identity not social cash – why areas that received money from the EU voted against it

One surprise from the referendum result was the way in which areas of high public spending showed no gratitude for the largesse. The traditional approach to social division, focused on income inequality, will not heal a divided nation, argues Tony Hockley. Social identity is at least as important to uniting the country as social cash. 

The contenders to succeed David Cameron have […]

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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 […]