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The NHS is widely admired internationally and its performance has been independently assessed to be one of the very best in the world. Healthcare funded by general taxation the most efficient system for the delivery of care and with a genuine commitment to quality, kindness and innovation, the NHS is an institution of which we should be justly proud. It symbolises the pinnacle of a social solidarity approach to meeting the health needs of the UK. Since 2010, however, the values of the NHS have been profoundly threatened by a government that despite its sweet words, acts to undermine it […]
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Many hundreds more doctors could have signed the letter you published today, from doctors desperate to stem the decline of the National Health Service over the last five years under the coalition. People understandably may not be very interested in how the NHS is organised behind the scenes but they should know that the Tory/ Lib Dem coalition wasted eye-watering amounts of money on an ill-thought out and even less well understood re-organisation that  set back the NHS many years. Far from cutting down on “bureaucracy”, the NHS now has a bewildering number of new bodies, with little clarity about […]
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Representative democracy depends on politicians exiting office. It is part and parcel of our democratic system. There is considerable interest in who stands for and gains office, but curiously little about the leaving of political office: What is the experience like? What happens to politicians as they make the transition from office? What is the impact on their partners and family? Does it matter to anyone other than those immediately affected? Are there any wider implications? A detailed and systematic study was conducted to examine these questions. A sample was constructed of former council leaders and former MPs (to cover both local and national elected politicians), and, […]
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