Supporting the NHS

We are told that 6% of NHS health staff are EU nationals and the NHS has 100,000 staff positions unfilled. Yet according to the Medical Schools Council the government determines the number of medical school places available each year. For England that is 7,500. Each medical school is allowed to recruit a maximum of 7.5%… Read more

An outbreak of sense?

The Guardian ran a striking headline on Thursday last: Scrap laws driving privatisation of health service, say NHS bosses . I confess I did a double-take. If this is for real then it has to be heartily welcomed. [They are] proposals which, if taken forward by ministers – who are supportive – would unwind and… Read more

Vegan meat problem

A short pointer towards a suggested read – Joanna Blythman’s concise article here (in the food trade Bible – ‘The Grocer’) ‘Why we should resist the vegan putsch’ on the suggestion that we should eat very little meat from the Eat-Lancet Commission. Surprisingly and worryingly to me, it seems to have the chemical company, Monsanto,… Read more

US regulatory food incompetence

Just in case anyone was subdued into acceptance of the idea that the USA food system functions well – never mind even better than the UK or EU systems, we should just take on board, that here is the world’s largest meatpacker recalling 6.9 million pounds of beef linked to antibiotic-resistant Salmonella. So input antibiotics… Read more

Not so healthy

An interesting article on the Health Committee’s recent report suggests that privatisation is not as simple as we’re encouraged to believe by this and previous government’s. In an earlier blog I suggested that donors were unduly influencing our ‘democracy’ and here is an instance – the Tory Party has received donations, it is suggested, from… Read more

Food is Healthcare ..

Mentioning the Pioppi Diet to a couple in passing the other day, ‘Well’, they said, pretty much in unison, ‘you know what they say…’ As I didn’t, I thought I’d share the reply: “Food is basically Healthcare, Medicine is certainly not Healthcare, Medicine is Sickcare.” Now we all know  – and if we don’t, there… Read more