TTIP threat to public’s health

The UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) are calling on the EU to oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and United States … [because they] believe TTIP is a threat to the public’s health.” News story Report: ‘Trading Health? BMJ story: BMJ 2015;350:h1438

Fact checkers

‘Full Fact.’ is an independent factchecking organisation. “Our factchecks look at whether it’s reasonable for people to trust the claims of politicians and journalists based on the evidence that’s available to us. We link to all our sources so that people can judge issues for themselves.” Website

‘Evidence Matters’ is a campaign for accountable public policy. Website

‘Ask for Evidence’ is a “public campaign that helps people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies”. Website

 

Doctors for the NHS

‘Doctors for the NHS’ are “a campaigning organisation for the restoration of the NHS as a publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable service. This means the abandonment in England of the market based policies of the last 20 years, primarily by abolishing their key feature, the artificial separation into “purchaser” and “provider” as has already been achieved in the rest of the UK.” On their website, they have summarised the health policies of the main political parties. Website

Public attitudes to the NHS

“This report analyses the results of a series of questions about the NHS that were included in the 2014 British Social Attitudes Survey, undertaken by NatCen Social Research. The survey took place in late summer/early autumn 2014 and 2,878 adults from across Great Britain were surveyed.” One key finding was: “There is strong support for the principles of the NHS across all sections of British society. Of those surveyed, 89% agree that the government should support a national health system that is tax funded, free at the point of use and provides comprehensive care for all citizens.” NatCen Social Research is an independent social research agency. Report

Health across Europe

‘Health at a Glance. Europe 2014’, OECD. This report presents “presents the most recent data on health status, risk factors to health, and access to high-quality care in all 28 EU member states, candidate countries … and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries.” Highlights Report

CCGs risk becoming unsustainable

“Changes to the way primary care is commissioned in England, waning levels of engagement from GPs with a formal role in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and cuts to CCG management budgets means these bodies risk becoming unsustainable” according to recent research by the Nuffield Trust and The Kings Fund. Press release Report