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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]

Are ministers quietly watering down their housebuilding ambitions?

27 May 2016

The latest housebuilding figures published this week were a significant moment in the life of this government, as they provided the first meaningful progress update against its ambition to build a million more homes across the parliament. They showed that after the first of five years, output is a long way off target. There were just… [Read More]

The NHS cannot continue its Bear Grylls style survival mission

12 May 2016

The NHS is the Bear Grylls of healthcare systems around the world. As with the insect eating survival guru, no matter how far into crises it is plunged, until now, the system has always managed to survive, by pulling one trick after another out of the bag or by securing yet more government money to… [Read More]

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