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Health and care: Recognition is not enough

Sarah Hutchinson

The first carer I knew of was my mum.  When my Granny was diagnosed with cancer in her early sixties, my mum stopped working and for almost 18 months spent increasing periods of time caring in Newcastle, while my sister and I were at home just outside London. Looking back at that time – and…

Mental health

Health and care: Engaging, empowering and listening to patients

Adebusuyi Adeyemi

Patient voice and accountability should play the leading role in Labour health and care policy, but currently the party’s policy review consultation ‘Your Britain’ lacks focus in this area. Operational and logistical rejigging of services is important, but authentic patient participation is pivotal for a positive future for the NHS. What use is investment in…


The Hugo Young lecture: Why teachers and doctors know better

David Walker

You need to judge any contribution to debate about the future of public services by a ‘three Ps’ test. The first P is power, and in his Hugo Young lecture Ed Miliband passed with flying colours. A Labour government would stand up for people against ‘unaccountable power’; power would be devolved, ending the ‘hoarding’ of…

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