Our three healthcare dogmas

The following article is by Dr Timothy Tomkinson, a doctor currently working in the NHS.  “The NHS is the closest thing the English have to a religion”, so said Nigel Lawson in a statement which appears more true now than ever before. With topics polarising the country from Brexit to the national parties at large, arguably the most enduring national issue somehow still remains unaddressed. Whenever we talk about the NHS (which is a rare occurrence), we do so in ideological tones. Generally each discourse involves a small pre-amble about how great the NHS is, swiftly followed by praise for all the hard working doctors and nurses, and then culminates in a banal statement which is either so vague as to be meaningless or so dogmatic as to be grounded in nothing more than pure wishful thinking. Continue reading

Why does it cost taxpayers £55K per successful quitter in Hammersmith & Fulham?

Harry Phibbs, over at ConservativeHome, revealed yesterday that is costs around £55K to get someone to quit smoking in Hammersmith and Fulham. You read that correctly. Harry is a councillor there. Here's what he found out: "Thrive Tribe is given £1.19 million from my Council’s Public Health budget “for the provision of a stop smoking (quits and prevention) service”. The contract was from 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2017. "So how many have quit? Continue reading

Listen: Should Katie Hopkins be banned from speaking at Lewes Speakers Festival

The answer to that is, of course, no. And that is what Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns, said on BBC Sussex this morning. Just because you dislike someone's views doesn't give you the right to ban them.  Continue reading

If ignorance was an Olympic Sport, Glasgow City Council's vaping policy could secure it a gold medal

I published a major report last year on behalf of The Freedom Association's Freedom to Vape campaign which looked at the vaping policies of all UK councils. The responses highlighted hundreds of outdated policies, so this year we have repeated the exercise and included a couple of extra questions to find out if councils are listening to advise from Public Health England (PHE) which was included in the Government's Tobacco Control Plan.  Continue reading

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP nails the moral case for free markets

At the dull and flat Conservative Party Conference last week, there were some occasional bright spots in the damp Manchester air. Jacob Rees-Mogg was one of those bright spots. Although I sadly missed the Institute of Economic Affairs' (IEA) fringe meeting where speakers discussed the moral case case for free markets, the IEA has released a video on YouTube of Jacob's speech. As the headline says, he nails it.  Continue reading