The rural economy: beyond farms and cattle?

While many of us wish we could trade our grey metropolis office for a stunning countryside view, the practicalities of doing so have always seemed out of reach. The traditional perception of the rural economy is one dominated by farming and forestry; an avenue for higher productivity, innovation and investment into a diverse range ofRead 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

The nightmare after Christmas

The festive period feels like a long time ago for many of us, but the financial wreckage of Christmas sales still feels fresh on the high street. Concerns over the precarious state of Britain’s languishing consumer economy have intensified this week as several big retailers shocked investors with reports of weak Christmas sales. Marks andRead 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

A strong and stable reshuffle*

The disastrous 2017 election result for the Conservative Party has set the context within which UK politics has been operating ever since. Yesterday’s reshuffle is another reminder that the Prime Minister’s political authority is diminished, a result of her failure to secure that most basic of political requirements in Westminster politics – a workable majorityRead more

The Health Top Ten: Winter Edition

As the dark mornings set in and we all return to work, WA Health looks at the top ten trends, policy developments and potential pitfalls for the health sector to look out for in the run-up to Spring. New Year, New Me At this time of year many of us give ourselves New Year’s resolutionsRead more