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Do we need more democracy in health? The NHS is a massive political football, kicked around by politicians and commentators as if it was one single thing. It is also the site of countless political battle grounds, between medical professionals, officials, managers, companies, charities, patients, the public and representative groups of all these interests in health. There will always be political battles over health, from national arguments over social factors, prevention and funding for services, to local arguments over the quality of care, food and treatment in a particular service. This short presentation raises some questions about making health more […]
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The most fundamental issue raised by the Francis Report on Mid-Staffordshire Hospital is not about institutions or even culture but about voice and power: who is heard, who is silenced and who, tragically, dies from deafness.   Lack of voice was also at the centre of earlier scandals at Alder Hey, the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Winterbourne View Hospital. It will arise again from the many of the inquiries into other scandals emerging from whistle blowers and patients. Democracy is the missing dimension in the health debate. When the founder of the NHS Aneurin Bevan said “The sound of a bedpan […]
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