Appraising vaccines in the UK – what’s worth a shot?

Ever since the first vaccination at the end of the 18th century (using fluid from a cowpox blister no less), the debate about vaccines has remained highly complex and emotive. The petition in the last parliament calling for wider access to the Meningitis B vaccination in the UK is the third largest petition the parliamentaryRead more

Jeremy Hunt: The Scorecard

When you reach a significant milestone in any job, people start to use the ‘L’ word: Legacy. Have you achieved what you set out to? How do you compare to your predecessors? Did you truly make your mark? This week Jeremy Hunt became the second longest serving Health Secretary in history, overtaking Labour’s Aneurin Bevan,Read more

Can pharma get the right treatment? Brexit and the pharmaceutical industry

As Brexit draws closer, sectors are coming to terms with the implications of what separation may mean. The pharmaceutical industry was not one that attracted vast attention at the start of the negotiating process, with banking and farming taking up more column inches. However, as time has progressed the press, politicians and the sector itselfRead more

The new reality of healthcare delivery

Last week Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JP Morgan announced they are joining forces to take on the US healthcare market. While the news was light on the detail, everyone expects technology to be at the heart of their plans. These giants of American business want to offer their workforce “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare atRead more

A ‘health tax’ won’t fix the NHS, but it’s a good start….

More than 100 years ago Winston Churchill, on a fact-finding mission to Germany on behalf of a UK Government Commission, marvelled at how the newly-created system of national insurance provided the German people with a safety net in times of sickness or unemployment. It was, in 1908, a revolutionary idea. Eager to keep pace withRead more