Further reading: the US elections, healthcare and Obamacare

Healthcare – specifically, the future of the current president’s ‘Obamacare’ plan – is a major issue in the US election. As Barack Obama joked last week about Mitt Romney (reported by the Independent):

He is hoping you come down with a severe case of Romnesia just before you cast your ballot… [with symptoms including] headaches, the eyes getting blurry, but don’t worry – Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions! Continue reading “Further reading: the US elections, healthcare and Obamacare”

Profiles of the Thames Valley police commissioner candidates

Added 12 November: Why you should vote in the police commissioner elections

A version of this article appeared in Chipping Norton News, November 2012

On Thursday 15 November, Chippy will get its first chance to vote for a police and crime commissioner, who for the next four years will have the ability to hire or fire the chief constable of Thames Valley Police. It is the largest non-metropolitan force in the country, covering nearly 2.3m people in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, and spending £371m this financial year. Our commissioner will be paid £85,000 annually, to be accountable for how crime is tackled in the three counties and to make the police accountable to the people they serve. Continue reading “Profiles of the Thames Valley police commissioner candidates”

Scrapping the National Programme for IT: a journey not a destination

The government’s apparent ending of the NHS IT programme leaves NHS CfH and its BT and CSC contracts unaffected

I wrote about the end of the NHS’s National Programme for IT on many occasions. In each case, the changes represented a scaling-down, not a cancellation. On health records, while England planned something big then reduced it, Scotland planned something reasonable and did it.
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Scotland set to lead on minimum unit pricing for alcohol

Councils in north west England are drafting a bylaw for minimum drink prices, but Scotland may get there first

Scotland is increasingly developing distinctive policies on health, such as minimum unit pricing for alcohol, to deal with its particular health problems. You can read other posts and articles by me on Scotland here.
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