Northern Ireland’s hospital inpatient waiting times are atrocious. According to the latest data released by the Department of Health, 41.3% of inpatient waiting times exceeded 52 weeks in the second quarter of 2019. There are no regions in England or Wales where the equivalent figure even exceeded 1% (I could not locate equivalent data for Scotland). By comparison, only 0.06% of inpatients in the Midlands of England waited over 52 weeks for admission to hospital; the probability of waiting over … Read more
We are encouraging people to do more exercise. We are investing millions in schemes to boost cycling and walking, which helps improve air quality in built-up areas.
Voters have a clear choice: vote Conservative or vote for further indecision, confusion and delay.
The third piece in our series this week about what the Conservative Manifesto should look like.
Plus: Groundhog Day for the NHS. Farage is the dog that hasn’t barked. I will miss Morgan. And: Off to Liverpool.
We must strike a better balance so that where genuine disagreements arise, there are ways of resolving the situation through mediation and conciliation.
Creativity is a fundamental part of human nature, and the use of the arts to improve health and wellbeing is not a new idea. Yet we still tend to think of the arts as the remit of the talented few with most of us giving up artistic pursuits as we leave school and get older. Unlike other behaviours that can be beneficial to our health, such as exercise, a varied diet and social support, we don’t think of creative engagement … Read more
The Health Secretary adds that the funding is already found for six of them has already been found. 34 more are pledged in the next decade.
The wife’s uncle in America has died. Years ago he was like a lot of the population. He was gaining weight, not an unusual situation in this modern world of cheap junk food and sedentary lifestyle. The doctor diagnosed him with type 2 diabetes and prescribed him lots of pills and potions, so far a familiar tale. But what he did next shocked us all – he turned vegan. He had conservative views on many social matters, so I didn’t … Read more
Given recent polling showing that support for Irish unity is at all-time highs in Northern Ireland, there has again been a significant amount of scrutiny on the Northern Ireland fiscal deficit (also known as the subvention or block grant), the gap between taxation and government spending in Northern Ireland that it is assumed would have to be absorbed by the Irish government in the event of Irish unification. The charts at the top of the post show Northern Ireland tax … Read more
FactCheckNI confirms Mark H Durkins comment on the health waiting lists: From the article: CLAIM: 105,486 people were waiting over a year for a consultant-led outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland, which is 100 times more than in England, with its population 30 times greater. CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. 105,486 and 1,089 people were waiting over a year for a consultant-led outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland and England, respectively. The estimated population of Northern Ireland and England is 55,977,178 and 1,881,600, respectively. The … Read more
They frame the rest of our life in terms of health and prosperity. Public policy needs to catch up with this new body of evidence.
Middle class hostility to the working class and lower middle class is extremely common, while working class and lower middle class hostility is practically non-existent.
If he was alive today, Sir Henry Willink would have been an enthusiastic supporter of a comprehensive US/UK trade deal to improve the NHS.
Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg was on Nick Ferrari’s LBC show on Monday 2 September; he was taking phone calls. Dr David Nicholl, a consultant neurologist, called to ask what mortality rates could be expected in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Dr Nicholl wrote the relevant mitigation part in the Operation Yellowhammer document. Rees-Mogg has been characterised in the past as having quite exquisite politeness, extreme almost to farce. He wasn’t at all polite to the caller, saying that this was … Read more
As with the NHS, policing, immigration and stop & search, so with trade. The Prime Minister will want a quick win – or at least progress towards one.
Post-Brexit Britain should introduce ambitious limits and policies to be a global leader on clean air.
He committed during the leadership election contest to raise it to £5000 per pupil – and level up outside London.
Control, cost and consistency all make a huge difference for patients, staff and their families.
The Government must seize this chance, and thereby transform thousands of lives for the better.