May 2012 archive

The 65th World Health Assembly - An Introduction

This blog was written at the close of the second day of the World Health Assembly. Stay poised for more detailed analysis of how issues developed and the final resolutions adopted by the Assembly. As the 65th World Health Assembly fully shifts into gear and the second day comes to a close, more

Posted on Sun, 27 May 2012

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights - what do they mean to you?

Whilst filling out an application form for a conference I was faced with the rather daunting question ‘what do sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHRs) mean to you?’. Well I was a bit flummoxed by this to be honest, and my instinct was to leave it and come back to it after many more

Posted on Mon, 21 May 2012

The quest to find the lesser spotted history student

  Arts students. Despite popular belief, they do actually exist within the medsin network. There just aren’t that many of them so - when one is found - they tend to be pressed up in a corner by a group of awe-stricken medstudents, being interrogated about Byron and Rembrandt and more

Posted on Sun, 20 May 2012

Guest blog: Labour Party Health Policy

The Labour Party are starting the process of developing their policies for the next General Election.  The initial consultation documents are here. The Socialist Health Association, as an organisation which is affiliated to the party, makes a contribution to this process and we would be more

Posted on Sat, 19 May 2012

TED, Inequality and Growth

Original post on Google+ Nick Hanauer, an American millionaire venture capitalist, recently hit out at TED for not releasing a talk he did on inequality in the US. TED's Chris Anderson gave their side of the story, saying that Hanauer was overly partisan and unconvincing. more

Posted on Fri, 18 May 2012

Funding GPs without considering the deprivation of their neighbourhood is wrong, but mention of the role of local councils in public health is good

Click here for original blog post   Lansley says that GP funding may be based more on population age structure and less on deprivation. This seems wrong, but I think there is some logic in pushing a bit (but not all) of deprivation-flagged money from GPs and onto more

Posted on Thu, 17 May 2012

Beyond the G8: reversing the global food crisis

  Just under seven years ago, Hyde Park in London was heaving with people grooving to the same eclectic riff of ‘make poverty history’. That July we, in Britain, were riding on the wave of New Labour, surfing on a successful Olympic bid, we felt as powerful as the rock stars more

Posted on Thu, 17 May 2012

Medsin-Keele: A Branch is Born

We’ve had quite a busy year at Keele this year. We finally made the decision to join Medsin UK and set up our own branch. It was only at the very end of the second year, during a course evaluation day that our Dean first introduced us to the idea of Medsin. A few weeks later during the more

Posted on Sun, 13 May 2012

Guest Blog: The state, its workforce and its people.

“Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death.”  (Buddha). Today A couple of days ago, the Lagos state government (LSG) sacked 788 of the doctors in its workforce for going on strike. As much as the issue seems to more

Posted on Fri, 11 May 2012

Evidence Based Campaigning & Quiet Diplomacy

The impact of any form of drug promotion on prescribing behaviour is incredibly hard to measure. It is much easier to measure the level of drug promotion that doctors are exposed to, or to survey their attitudes towards it, but to make associations between level of exposure and poorer more

Posted on Thu, 10 May 2012

The accidental environmentalist...

  This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about environmentalism and how much I do for the planet. If I’m honest, this has been brought on solely by the fact that every time I bump into the Healthy Planet people, I tend to feel an overwhelming sense of guilt. I’m certainly more

Posted on Thu, 3 May 2012

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