by Kurchi Mitra COVID-19 has left an indelible mark on nearly every country-sparing close to none in terms of the lives lost, the jobs impacted, the extended months of social isolation. However, countries in the Global South such as those in Africa, which experts feared would be ravaged by the pandemic due to their underfunded … Continue reading Global Health’s colonial roots & Lessons to learn from the Global South
by Rae Halliday Credit: Steve Eason/Flickr The National Health Service was founded in 1948 on the principles of providing a ‘universal service for all based on clinical need, not ability to pay’. Today, the first guiding principle for the NHS remains that ‘the NHS provides a comprehensive service, available to all’. Despite this, every year … Continue reading The NHS and Migrant Health
Dr Michael FitzPatrick, co-chair of the trainees committee at the Royal College of Physicians, explains how and why the RCP is helping to reduce inequalities in health In 1980, the Black Report was published by the (long-since replaced) Department of Health and Social Security. ‘Black’ was Sir Douglas, president of the RCP at the time, … Continue reading The Royal College of Physicians and health inequality: where we were, where we are, and where we’re going
The only guarantee Covid gives is that things will get worse. Not a hard thing to see, with unemployment racing to match the eighties and mortality figures soaring. This is what pandemics do. Make things bad for many, and end mor lives. This is what we have forgotten, after decades of complacency. Injustice matters because … Continue reading Inequality, injustice and the inverse care law
By Heidi Chow, Global Justice Now In a year like no other, there has been a renewed sense of appreciation for the NHS. It’s a much-needed reminder of how treasured our public healthcare system is. But for all of us that value our NHS, we need to keep fighting against the threats against it from … Continue reading No trade deal is worth trading in our NHS for
By Antonis Tofias (SfGH NC Training Director 2020/21) One silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is that I have read significantly more than I otherwise would have. Among all the books and blogs read, one of the most outrageous, yet not surprising, is the BMA’s report on the role of private outsourcing in the COVID-19 … Continue reading Outsourcing: An enemy of the NHS?
Some of the most dedicated, diligent, friendly people you work with or will soon get to work with don’t work for the NHS. Chances are whoever cleans the wards, prepares and serves the food, fixes the lights, and keeps the car parks secure is not an NHS employee. Does it matter? In years past, they … Continue reading Outsourcing and the medic
By Sarah Walpole and Jan Savage, Keep Our NHS Public Image credit: Sarah Walpole \ Universal healthcare (UHC) in the UK is dependent on Parliamentary scrutiny, and most pertinently right now, Parliamentary scrutiny of international trade deals. Drawing on a Parliamentary briefing from Keep Our NHS Public, this blog explains the link, and why it’s … Continue reading Parliamentary scrutiny + UHC; what’s the link?
Meet the Theme Team We are a team of four medical students (plus our Policy and Advocacy Director and Director of International Affairs!) who are passionate about climate change action in our roles as future healthcare workers. We got together to continue the work of last year’s theme and expand it even more. Keep an … Continue reading Climate Change and Health Coordinated Theme Update
By Beth Stinchcombe and Catarina Soares With thanks to Harpreet Kaur, Lucy Singh, Brian Wong, Layth Hanbali and Rhiannon Osborne Welcome to part 2 of our blog about the World Health Assembly (WHA). If you missed part 1, do check it out first as we go through what the WHA is and how it works, … Continue reading The 73rd World Health Assembly: Part 2