Category Archives: International Health

CDC Abruptly Cancels Long-Planned Conference on Climate Change and Health

Gentle Reader – Just as Trump was to be inaugurated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost their spine. It is appropriate to re-post this as we have seen in the past several months – in Australia which appears … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Who Should be in Charge of Administrating a Hospital?

The question is ( or should be): What does it take to administer a hospital and who should do it ? [In a previous comment] Doctor Ford is correct that much of care provision is performed by our nursing colleagues, … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Is the UK NHS the Best Healthcare System in Europe?

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How, indeed. Perhaps the first principle in answering this query is to point out, briefly, how healthcare systems are judged and ranked. This is done in multiple ways: Ease of access; waiting times; quality of each encounter, this itself is … Continue reading

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Hope

One of the various, non-religious, definitions of “hope” found in the Oxford English Dictionary is “grounds for believing that something good might happen”. Perhaps the Biblical definition (Hebrews 11:1) is more interesting, “…the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction … Continue reading

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Report from Abroad – Jahun, Nigeria – Part 1

Notes from the Southern Heartland 19 November, 2017   In the introduction to this Column, in July, I mentioned that I would travel with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors without Borders) to Africa in early October; that time has arrived. … Continue reading

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The Graham-Cassidy Bill: Yet another Attempt to Remove Health Care from Americans and Cut Taxes for the Rich

It had been my intention to write a multi-part series on Health Systems as a way to lead into further discussion about the direction our health system should take. There are also issues related to women’s health, the opiate crisis, … Continue reading

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The Health System of the United States of America – Can We Do Better than This ? A Five Part Series

Part 1 (857 words)   “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”   Those over a certain age will remember this phrase from then Presidential-candidate … Continue reading

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This Man Has No Sense of Irony

In Britain this morning, there is an 11-month old child named Charlie Gard with a genetic disease that condemns him to death. The disorder, Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome (MDS), is a group of disorders caused by abnormalities in various genes … Continue reading

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Development of UK Strategy and Options, September 2000 to September 2001

SECTION 1.2 DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, SEPTEMBER 2000 TO SEPTEMBER 2001 Contents Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………..188 Before September 2000 ……………………………………………………………………………….188 Review of the UK’s strategy on Iraq, autumn 2000 ……………………………………………..192 JIC Assessment, 1 November 2000: ‘Iraq: Prospects for Co-operation’ …………………….197 … Continue reading

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Decision-Making Within Government

SECTION 2 DECISION-MAKING WITHIN GOVERNMENT Contents Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………..267 Roles and responsibilities …………………………………………………………………………….267 Cabinet ……………………………………………………………………………………………………267 Role of the Civil Service ……………………………………………………………………………….269 The Cabinet Secretary …………………………………………………………………………………269 Permanent Secretaries ………………………………………………………………………………..271 No.10 Chief of Staff ……………………………………………………………………………………271 The Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator ……………………………………………………..272 Departmental roles … Continue reading

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