Of all the barriers to accessing essential medicines, policymakers too often overlook those the government itself imposes: unnecessary prescription requirements. It might seem that giving government the power to require prescriptions would protect consumers by requiring them to consult with physicians before using dangerous drugs. In a new white paper for the Cato Institute, we ... Continue reading
A lot has changed since the creation of the National Health Service in 1948. But our collective consciousness remains stuck in a rose tinted-time warp. This slavish and often misguided devotion to the NHS is akin to ‘death by a thousand cuts’ for an institution we claim to love, but regularly abuse, whether it be ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Telegraph

Piers Morgan, Keir Starmer and several members of members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) have called for a second lockdown, but this isn't surprising considering "none of them is likely to lose their jobs, let alone their homes, in the next 12 months", writes the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon. In ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Mail on Sunday

The IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon joined critics of the government's new proposals to shut thousands of pubs in the North. Quoted in the Mail on Sunday, Chris argued that "a dodgy dossier passed around by Chris Whitty in private is simply not good enough". Read the full article here.    ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for City AM

The NHS Confederation this week raised concerns about the health service’s ability to cope with a second wave and a vast backlog of treatments over the course of the winter. This, argues IEA Director of Communications Annabel Denham for City AM, has strengthened "an already-watertight case for system-level reform of the UK's healthcare system." When ... Continue reading
Responding to the NHS Confederation's latest report titled 'NHS Reset' on the need for reform post-pandemic, Dr Kristian Niemietz, IEA Head of Political Economy and author of 'Universal Healthcare Without The NHS', said: "The fact that the NHS Confederation is concerned about the health service's inability to deliver at pre-Covid levels by October shows the need for system-level reform. ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for CapX

"Pregnant women are not property, and society’s default shouldn’t be that individuals cannot make the “right” lifestyle choices even if presented with the risks" says Annabel Denham, Director of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for CapX, Annabel says new guidelines from NICE which suggest recording maternal alcohol consumption, even without a woman's ... Continue reading

IEA research quoted in the Daily Express

The Daily Express has run a news piece on the IEA's recent briefing paper, You Had One Job. It described the report, authored by IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon, as a "blistering attack" on Public Health England and the World Health Organization's handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. Read the article in full here, and our ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for CapX

"In an ideal world, member states would do to the WHO what Matt Hancock has done to PHE and replace it with a streamlined agency that focuses only on infectious disease", writes the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon. But as Chris argues for CapX,  while "serious reform [of the WHO] is probably impossible ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked

"The ‘public health’ movement has spread itself too thinly over too many issues", writes the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon. In a column for Spiked magazine, Chris argues that "the modern ‘public health’ establishment is, at best, a waste of space. At worst, it is a menace. From local councils to the World ... Continue reading