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Why would nurses choose to work in London?

7 January 2016

Unlike for other professions, where there are far more employment opportunities in London than elsewhere, nurses are almost always in demand regardless of geographical location as people get ill every day across the country. So why choose to work in London if vacancies exist nationwide and living costs in the capital remain astronomical? According to… [Read More]

What do we mean when we ask ‘Can Britain survive Brexit?’

23 December 2015

This question, or variants of it, has already been posed many times in the EU debate. Lord Rose and Sir John Major, both key Remain voices, have said that we could survive Brexit. It is time to define our basic terms. We need parameters to discuss this survival. The most literal reading of the term… [Read More]

More evidence that staff levels affect weekend mortality

18 December 2015

The government’s promise of a seven-day NHS is in the difficult process of being realised. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is trying to implement the Conservative party’s manifesto commitment to give more equal service provision throughout the week by focusing almost entirely on doctors’ weekend working hours, largely ignoring the necessary presence of many other professionals who are just as essential in keeping NHS… [Read More]

There are blockages in the health production line we call the NHS

11 December 2015

In a sense, NHS hospitals are health production lines. The sick patient is admitted, travels through the system and, unless beyond the help of modern medicine, should emerge in far better health at the other end. However, at present this production line has major problems. Some say that the line is manned by insufficient numbers of de-motivated staff. Others say that funding shortages limit production and hinder… [Read More]

Does the NHS make full use of its monopoly on drug purchasing?

5 December 2015

A new report in The Lancet shows that the price of new cancer drugs varies widely across the world. The range is from only 28 per cent to a staggering 388 per cent of the nominal price for the same drug. Information on prices is however frequently restricted. Some healthcare organisations are required never to disclose the discounted price they have received in relation… [Read More]

Europe’s crises have brought the far-right to the fore

4 December 2015

The French regional elections this Sunday are being touted as the first test for President François Hollande after the terrorist attacks in Paris last month. Hollande, who has previously been described as France’s least popular President, saw his ratings go up a few points as a result of his bellicose response to the Paris attacks.… [Read More]

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