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Self, other, group, system

A recurring thought over the last year has been the question of whether the work I do locally, on a voluntary basis, has any significant impact.  In my reflections on that, I have tried to be even handed and note that while there are problems

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What the NHS needs is more bureaucrats

It’s a familiar cry – the NHS needs staff at the front line and fewer bureaucrats and administrators.  Or as it was put to me the other day, with a little re-writing for political correctness – “we need fewer chiefs and more ‘native Americans’”. I’d

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Covid 19, Plan B and other causes of dea

The Government has been under pressure from various sources to implement their ‘Plan B’ to reduce Covid cases.  This would involve things like mandated mask wearing in crowded places, vaccination passports and encouraging working from home.  Up until now the Government has resisted these calls

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How can I be a better volunteer?

I spend about three and a half days a week doing voluntary or unpaid work.  A couple of things recently (writing an article and attending an event) have prompted me to consider how volunteers are used and how to get more out of them.  However,

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The future of health and wellbeing strategies

A great unfulfilled potential of the 2012 health reforms was a health and wellbeing strategy agreed jointly by the local authority, CCG, Healthwatch and others on the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB).  This was an opportunity to look long term not just at health and