Category Archives: NHS

Democracy, planning and a socialist health service.

Further to my piece on Manchester’s “Health Devolution”, I thought it worth returning to something I wrote over 4 years ago, in rather different times.  The question that I didn’t try to answer in last week’s piece was “what’s the … Continue reading

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DevoManc, DevoMancHealth and the perils of techno-fixes.

Now syndicated on the Socialist Health Association blog         This week’s big news in Manchester is that the devolution of direct responsibility for significant areas public spending to the city-region will now be augmented by the devolution … Continue reading

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Manchester’s NHS walk-in centres

Monitor, the NHS regulator is conducting a review of the closure of NHS walk-in centres in Manchester.  Please respond via walkincentresreview@monitor.gov.uk I’ve just done so with this response. I write as a former community health and social care manager (NHS … Continue reading

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The National Health Service, and Ken Loach, in the UK and Latin America

Strange to think that 12 months ago I was in San Salvador, having just travelled overland through Nicaragua and Honduras from Costa Rica.  I wouldn’t mind some of that hot weather here now  this winter is interminable, but at least … Continue reading

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1,800 preventable deaths per year

The Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities has just reported its findings.  Extrapolated, they indicate 1,839 excess deaths per year of intellectually disabled people aged 4 and up, in England and Wales.   Here are my workings:  … Continue reading

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Shropshire, more films and the Mid-Staffs Scandal

Yes, this post will go all over the place, like I did this week….. A short midweek break at Bishop’s Castle, a quaint but real town in Shropshire.  The Border country where Saxon and Welsh place names mix (along with … Continue reading

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Re-framing the mess we’re in: ideology-action-structures and coloniality.

Re-framing the mess we’re in:  ideology-action-structures and coloniality. This is a working paper in which I explore some ideas I’ve been working with.  It takes a long and comprehensive view of where we are, how we got here, and what … Continue reading

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Inequality juxtaposition: you couldn’t make it up!

An interesting post on New Statesman website presents the latest data on international ‘Spirit Level’ comparisons – Ukania in a dire position as before.  But just look at the advert that appears on the page!  I don’t think NS vets … Continue reading

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