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NHS consultant contract fails to increase productivity

Trends in consultant clinical activity and the effect of the 2003 contract change: retrospective analysis of secondary data From Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine An employment contract for NHS consultants introduced in 2003 and including a 27 per … Continue reading

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Welfare reform and labour market activation

Special Issue From Local Economy In 2010, the UK’s Coalition Government published its White Paper on welfare reform. A think-tank established by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions generated documents on a number of shortcomings identified in the … Continue reading

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Understanding dementia and dementia care

From Dementia Dementia is set to become one of the key health and social care challenges of the 21st century and is attracting global policy attention mainly arising from concern about increases in the number of people with dementia, particularly in developed … Continue reading

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Are coalitions the inevitable future for UK governments?

From Political Science Two heads are better than one? Assessing the implications of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition for UK politics The UK’s political system has been recognized as a model delivering a stable one party government, but 2010 has proved … Continue reading

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Is the BP Oil Spill a ‘cultural anomaly’ pushing for alternative solutions to an environmental problem, shaping policy and legalistic approaches?

The BP Oil Spill as a cultural anomaly? institutional context, conflict, and change From Journal of Management Inquiry The BP Oil Spill off the Gulf of Mexico that started in April 2010 and lasted 88 days was, in terms of … Continue reading

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Reform of English laws on free speech

(Originally posted on socialsciencespace) The British government has confirmed that it will introduce a Defamation Bill in the spring, to change the law on libel and free speech. The proposed new law will clarify the existing defences of fair comment … Continue reading

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Tackling ‘worklessness’, the impact of a gender blind social policy approach

‘Striking out’: Shifting labour markets, welfare to work policy and the renegotiation of gender performances From Critical Social Policy The continued war against ‘worklessness’ has been highlighted as a priority within UK politics by Prime Minister David Cameron. Welfare to … Continue reading

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MRSA in the United Kingdom where science meets politics, and a sensationalist media produces a misinformed public

From British Journal of Infection Control ‘Hospital superbug claiming lives’, ‘Dirty NHS hospitals to blame for MRSA’, ‘Unclean wards killing patients’. These familiar UK newspaper headlines have terrified the public over recent years. However the author of this letter explains … Continue reading

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