#100DAYSCONF AT A GLANCE

By Rupal Patel & Elena Genova The International Centre for Public and Social Policy organised a conference on the 4th of September at the University of Nottingham entitled ‘What’s New About ‘Blue-Collar Conservatism’? The First 100 Days of Cameron’s Majority Conservative Government’. Dr Simon Roberts’ welcome stressed the fact that ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s …

A `New Deal’ for GPs – 7 day working

by Professor Ian Shaw In my blog back in May  I predicted that 7 day working for GPs would not happen and outlined the reasons why.  The Government have since come up with its `New Deal’ for GPs who agree to 7 day working  in which they offer some incentive payments for GPs who agree to …

GPs and 7 day working

by Ian Shaw Cameron’s announcement of 7 day working 8am-8pm for the GPs by 2020 so soon after the Election may have been his way of reassuring the public that the NHS was safe in his hands, but it’s not really going to happen this parliament and there are a number of reasons for that: …

Reforming the NHS reforms – the quiet side-lining of the Health and Social Care Act 2012

By Ian Shaw As widely anticipated the Health and Social Care Act has been a bit of a disaster… There has been more clinical engagement, especially with GPs, which is a good thing but the re-organisation led to a very complex organisational and governance structure (for example anyone know what clinical councils actually do? – …

Is more money really the answer to mental health problems?

By Rupal Patel This week saw the announcement of investing £1.25bn in mental health services by Chancellor George Osborne. Many will be pleased with the announcement but I am somewhat sceptical. Is more money the answer to our growing epidemic nature of mental health problems? Or is this simply a political ploy prior to the …