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Why have we built so few homes on surplus public sector land?

20 July 2016

In his first outing in the Commons as Communities and Local Government Secretary this week, Sajid Javid described the green belt as “absolutely sacrosanct”. He was only reiterating the position of the new prime minister, Theresa May, on this subject but he was more than happy to drive the point home. This will anger a lot… [Read More]

Longer working hours, fewer staff available? The post-Brexit NHS

28 June 2016

The first thing to be quite clear about is that the NHS is not going to get another £350 million a week to add to its budget. Such a figure ignores the money that the UK receives back from the EU in rebates, reducing the figure by at least £200 million. The balance would have to be shared by… [Read More]

Would the NHS be safer without the European Working Time Directive?

15 June 2016

As the EU referendum draws near and the possible repercussions for the NHS following a British exit become a polemical topic of discussion, it is pertinent to ask what issues might most affect the NHS? One piece of legislation affects the NHS more than any other: the European Working Time Directive (EWTD). Introduced in 2009,… [Read More]

Post-Brexit trade negotiations will be less fearsome than imagined

13 June 2016

By Michael Burrage Roberto Azevêdo, the WTO’s director-general entered the debate about Brexit in an interview with the Financial Times. It attracted wide media attention partly because he issued a stark warning that ‘pretty much all of the UK’s trade [with the world] would somehow have to be negotiated.’ And also because his bluster seemed… [Read More]

The NHS needs to train and retain more doctors

2 June 2016

The NHS needs more doctors. Each year the General Medical Council (GMC) registers 23,544 doctors as being fit to practise. It is a telling statistic that while over 8,000 of these newly registering doctors come from abroad annually, British universities train as few as 6,000 new medics. This number reflects a limit imposed by the Department of Health… [Read More]

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