Preventative Medicine

Famously, traditional Chinese medical practice ensures that medical attendants only get paid in the event of their client NOT falling ill. Our overriding concern must be one of honest self/collective examination. We need to challenge ourselves with a singular question: why do we fail to establish an equitable framework of preventative medicine? The discourse isContinue reading “Preventative Medicine”

Youth Unemployment Crisis

The economic impact of the COVID-19 measures has not been experienced equally. The heaviest burden has fallen amongst young people both for current and soon to be job-seekers. According to the Resolution Thinktank, one-third of employees aged 18-24 lost their jobs or were furloughed within the first three months of the pandemic. For recent jobContinue reading “Youth Unemployment Crisis”

Capitalising on Covid to help the UK and the world

Widespread criticism followed the late autumn announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that overseas aid would be cut from 0.7% to 0.5% of GDP as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government justified the reduction in the UK’s commitment as “tough but necessary” under the current financial strains imposed. The UK is, andContinue reading “Capitalising on Covid to help the UK and the world”

NITA Meals, Nutritious Ingredients Thoughtful Approach 1.b.

An existing challenge which has been severely exacerbated by this pandemic is the provision of nutritious meals to school children. Primary school children, vulnerable children or low-income families at home are often not being fed a nutritious lunch. School kitchen staff are classified as key workers but are not working to their full potential. FoodContinue reading “NITA Meals, Nutritious Ingredients Thoughtful Approach 1.b.”

Giving back in retirement

It is imperative that those currently in education do not suffer lasting disadvantage caused by the current disruption. Should future career opportunities be prejudiced there is a danger of residual resentment growing against the retired who may be looked upon as the golden generation many of whom benefited from defined benefit pensions and lived duringContinue reading “Giving back in retirement”

Capitalising on a neglected asset: the nation’s working life experience

COVID19 has exposed the inadequacy of our contingency planning for emergencies. The economic, educational and social effects of the pandemic have fallen very unequally across individuals, regions, businesses and institutions. The gap between rich and poor, advantaged and disadvantaged, has dramatically increased. These effects will last way beyond the pandemic itself. The opportunity to lessenContinue reading “Capitalising on a neglected asset: the nation’s working life experience”

A challenge to representative democracy and an argument for more deliberation and participation?

An old argument for representative democracy depends on politicians being better qualified than the demos. The thought is that legitimate government requires consent, but professionalising politics leaves policy decisions to knowledgeable individuals. This argument may no longer hold. Basic provision for education has improved, higher education is more accessible, and greater information is now available,Continue reading “A challenge to representative democracy and an argument for more deliberation and participation?”

The UK has a flawed system for funding its brilliant medical research

The pandemic has highlighted the UK’s vaccine research expertise but has also exposed shortcomings in the funding model for supporting this essential work. Oxford University and Imperial College London both developed promising vaccines within weeks of COVID-19 being discovered but their progress was delayed by bureaucracy and the lack of quick, adequate Government investment. TheContinue reading “The UK has a flawed system for funding its brilliant medical research”