Yesterday, the UK’s fertility regulator approved a new technique of mitochondrial transfer, which allows babies to be made from two women and one man in order to prevent children being born with serious genetic diseases. Dr Iain Brassington considers some of the potential legal, ethical and practical implications of the decision. There is a specific legal exemption […]
In light of the newly announced investment in research and development of cancer medicines, Professor Ian Greer talks about Greater Manchester’s devolved health and social care budget and the opportunities this brings for linking up discovery science with clinics and commissioners across the region.
The NHS remains in a period of unprecedented change, combining massive post-2012 reorganisations, intense budget pressures, and spiralling service demand. One key new initiative – Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) – has been dogged by controversy over their lack of transparency and public engagement. Here, the University of Manchester’s Dr Anna Coleman introduces STPs to a wider audience; […]
In 2004 the Quality and Outcomes Framework was developed to combat GP’s dissatisfaction regarding pay and working conditions, a major component being performance related pay. Fast forward 10 years and shifts away from performance pay are now occurring. Thomas Allen, research fellow in Health Economics examines whether removing the measure will impact the working lives of GPs: The Quality […]
Professor Kieran Walshe of the Alliance Manchester Business School responds to the absence of NHS and Social Care from last week’s Autumn Statement. Weighing the dangers of continuing budget cuts and spiralling demand against the opportunities offered by the devolution of health and social care being piloted in Greater Manchester, Prof. Walshe argues that the economic […]
The Government wants people on housing benefit to share accommodation to bring down costs. But, Sue Heath warns, voluntary arrangements usually work better than compulsion. The Government’s welfare reform programme is penalising under-occupation of social rented accommodation that is paid for by housing benefit. One approach favoured by the Government is more sharing of accommodation […]