TagRaising the Bar

How flipped is your consultant?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★ If you don’t measure it you can’t change it.  The fact that the UK was performing so poorly relative to other EU countries on the EMSP’s MS barometer was one of the reasons why I got into MS politics and helped put together the ‘Brain Health: Time Matters’ policy document.  In 2015, despite being the second wealthiest nation in Europe, the UK was in the...

Is that revolver loaded?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★ Are you lonely? Have you lost a loved on during COVID-19? Have you lost your job or had to reduce your income because of COVID-19? Can you make ends meet at the end of the month? Are you worried about your future? How is your relationship with your partner? Are you depressed? Anxious? Are you sleeping well? Are you drinking too much alcohol? Are you feeling...

MS and the Inverse Care Law at 50

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★ Variation in access to good medical care and better outcomes has never been higher in high-income countries such as the UK. Variation is simply a euphemism for inequality. The MS community in the UK realised this a few years ago, which prompted us to launch our ‘Raising the Bar’ initiative to address inequality in access to healthcare for people with MS living in...

Time is Brain

So what has the UK’s poor performance in relation to cancer survival has to do with MS? A lot. These cancer statistics are collected as part of a national audit and are a bellwether for NHS services in general. If we had national MS statistics they would indicate similar problems, i.e. delays, delays, more delays and poorer outcomes. This is why we wrote a policy document ‘MS Brain Health: Time...

Inequality

Prof G why the sudden and recent fixation with inequality?  There is overwhelming evidence that many health outcomes, including life expectancy, infant mortality, obesity, cancer survival rates, suicide, addiction and many more are linked to the level of economic inequality within society. In short, greater economic inequality leads to worse health outcomes.  Inequality does not necessarily refer...

Potential leader?

Earlier this year I asked the question “why should someone with MS who lives in place B get a different service to someone who lives in place A?” and argued that variance, when it comes to the provision of healthcare services, is a euphemism for inequality, representing the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ in society. This was a prelude to our ‘Raising the Bar’ meeting in Birmingham. We have set an...

Raising the Bar

You may recall last year the MS Academy held a meeting to address variance in the provision of MS services in the NHS. This meeting was very well received and several follow-on initiatives have been triggered as a result of the meeting. The MS Academy is now hosting a follow-on meeting called ‘MS Service Provision in the UK 2019: Raising the Bar‘. If you want to read about what...

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