Why plain packaging can’t go up in smoke

Lord Faulkner

In July this year, the government dismayed medical professionals and the wider public health community by refusing to bring in legislation to require the standardised packaging of cigarettes and tobacco products. In a written statement sneaked out on the last day before the parliamentary recess, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government would wait for…

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Mental health matters to all of us

Alastair Campbell

Mental health is still treated completely differently from physical health. To ensure mental health sits at the heart of the whole person agenda, politicians must lead the way in helping to destroy taboos, and underpin changing attitudes by law. When I think about what the world would look like if mental health were considered of…


Delivering more midwives

Abi Wood, Gabrielle Bourke

Over the last ten years, England and Wales have experienced a baby-boom, and the number of midwives simply hasn’t kept up. Almost 80% of NHS trusts don’t meet the recommended ratio of one midwife to 28 births, and despite the on-going baby-boom, fifty trusts and boards employed fewer midwives in 2012 than 2011. The Royal…

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