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£2.4 billion more for the NHS’s gatekeepers

21 April 2016

In the words of Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of GPs, the government’s announcement of an extra £2.4 billion of funding for general practice is ‘the most significant announcement for our profession since the 1960s’. This initiative will raise the total expenditure on General Practice from £9.6 billion to over £12 billion (a… [Read More]

In charging runners to use parks, councils are shooting themselves in the foot

14 April 2016

The £116 billion spent on NHS services this year is a colossal sum of money. It needs to be due to the huge demand for healthcare from Britain’s unhealthy population. Because of this, although budgets in other government departments, including local government, have been substantially cut, the NHS’s has been expanded, and will need to be every… [Read More]

UK will be marginalised if it votes to stay in EU, says John Longworth

12 April 2016

The biggest certainty ahead of the EU referendum is that Britain will be marginalised by the eurozone if it votes to stay in, John Longworth warned today. Mr Longworth, the former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), told a Civitas seminar: “The things that the prime minister says, incorrectly, will happen to… [Read More]

Slave People or Free People – the real referendum choice

11 April 2016

In our revolutionary century a monarch was overthrown in 1649, a republic was tried out until 1660 when it was abandoned in favour of a restored monarchy, then the monarch was overthrown again in 1688 and parliamentary democracy established. The great writers of that era, such as John Milton, James Harrington and Algernon Sidney, interpreted… [Read More]

Lord Owen: Eurozone is heading for ‘bust or federalism’

7 April 2016

Lord Owen, the former foreign secretary, warned today that the eurozone was on the path to ‘bust or federalism’. Speaking to the cross-party think tank Civitas, he said the single currency had rendered the EU ‘dysfunctional’ with consequences for everything the bloc does. Lord Owen, who was for many years a strong supporter of the… [Read More]

Let overseas investors sink their cash into the housing we really need

6 April 2016

The Panama Papers add a sinister new twist to an issue that has been blighting the London property market for years, and required action long before now. Thanks to The Guardian’s disclosures about Mossack Fonseca’s clients, we now have a clearer picture of some of the individuals behind the more than £170bn worth of UK… [Read More]

The BMA have raised the stakes with their newest strike proposals

24 March 2016

The British Medical Association have taken an extremely bold move in deciding to hold two full walk outs for the first time over new junior doctor contracts; these are in addition to an already planned 48 hour strike on the 6th of April. The two more severe strikes are scheduled for the 26th and 27th… [Read More]

What the Chancellor’s proposed sugar tax means for the NHS

17 March 2016

The Chancellor’s budget announcement concerning the introduction of a sugar tax has, as expected, brought both elation and dismay to interested lobbying groups. Most people are now familiar with the arguments from both for and against parties. Advocates claim the tax will reduce the consumption of sugar, save our children from obesity, and reduce the incidence of associated diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular… [Read More]

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