Category Archives: Inequality

Medical advisory body “NICE” should not spend too much time valuing drugs.

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”) is currently holding a public consultation over its proposals for evaluating drugs. Drugs that are approved by NICE automatically become available for doctors to prescribe under the NHS throughout England … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: Do private patients in the UK help or harm the NHS?

Private medicine like private education and first-class travel can stir up feelings of resentment between the “haves” and “have-nots”. A short blog like this one has no possibility of uniting stereotypical politicians from the left and right wings of politics. … Continue reading

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The Health and Social Care Bill: Final Stages in Parliament

With opposition to the Health and Social Care Bill having reached new heights, we must look behind the rhetoric and remember basic principles. The most important point to remember is that the NHS exists to provide the best possible, affordable … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: Misleading, Biased Reporting on the Health and Social Care Bill in the Media

Above all the freedom of the Press is paramount. Censorship or severely restrictive legislation is not an acceptable alternative. We sometimes have to accept the consequences and tolerate a Press that can be wrong, unfair, misleading or more interested in … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot – NHS Reforms: Health and Social Care Bill 2011

This blog gives my initial thoughts about the eagerly awaited bill presented by Andrew Lansley on Wednesday 19th January. The Government’s plans for the reform of the NHS were generally well received last summer and during the public consultation period … Continue reading

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Guest BlogSpot – Nice Move on Drug Pricing but Where Next?

The Government is reported to favour a system of value-based drug pricing. Value for money is, of course, important whenever public money is spent on anything. Pharmaceuticals are no exception. Discussion about how to obtain the best value from NHS … Continue reading

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White Paper Reconciliation 2 and where the Big Society can help

Another Monday, another big announcement. Yesterday’s speech by David Cameron on the Big Society was, like much ideas in the Health White Paper the Monday before, trailed during the General Election but received little publicity in the wake of the … Continue reading

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