Healthcare

Dr Kristian Niemietz quoted in the National Review

IEA book 'Universal Healthcare without the NHS' by Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz is quoted at length in the National Review. In an opinion piece describing the failures of the NHS, Kristian's finding that in "international comparisons of health system performance, the NHS almost always ranks in the bottom third, on a par ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Sunday Telegraph

The vaccine roll-out is accelerating but it needs to go much faster, writes the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon. In a comment piece for The Sunday Telegraph, Chris argues there is an economic case for "throwing everything at the vaccination campaign" as every day in lockdown costs the economy billions. Read the full ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz writes for City AM

Why should there not be a private sector-led, self-funded distribution on top of the NHS vaccine rollout? asks IEA Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz. In a debate column for City AM, Kristian argues that "if private sales make additional resources available for the setting up of a private, additional distribution channel, then surely ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz quoted by the Express

The Covid vaccine should, in the main, be allocated according to clinical need, not willingness or ability to pay, says the IEA's Head of Political Economy, Dr Kristian Niemietz, but why shouldn't there be a privately-available vaccine? Kristian told the Express that“If private sales make additional resources available for the setting up of a private, ... Continue reading
Healthcare
When President Trump promoted the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible preventative treatment for COVID-19 in the spring, demand for the product jumped around the world. Similarly, when British doctors showed that the steroid dexamethasone could help combatting the disease, demand for it also spiked. But ongoing research shows that many of the medicines sold ... Continue reading
Healthcare
On 24 November, the IEA hosted a webinar entitled “Is there a doctor in the house? Plugging the gaps in NHS staffing”, to mark the launch of an IEA report by Mark Tovey on the issue of staff shortages in the NHS. One of the panellists was the IEA’s Kristian Niemietz. The article below is ... Continue reading
Healthcare
Earlier this month, the government announced its intention to expand the number of healthcare professionals who could legally administer vaccines – to include midwives, operating department practitioners, physiotherapists, and others. This change, the government argued, would be necessary to administer a mass Covid-19 vaccination programme.   This type of open-minded dynamism will be needed post-pandemic, too. ... Continue reading
Research

Averting a post-pandemic staffing crisis in the NHS

Summary Shortages of PPE and ventilators have overshadowed shortages of doctors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet when normality returns and the NHS is swamped by a backlog of cases, the latter could be thrust to the forefront of public debate. The UK ranks 27th out of 36 OECD countries for number of physicians. Around 30 ... Continue reading
Shortages of PPE and ventilators have overshadowed shortages of doctors during this pandemic, but that could change when normality resumes; The UK ranks 27th out of 36 OECD countries for number of physicians, and around 30 per cent of doctors on GP and specialist registers are over 55 years old; The UK relies more heavily ... Continue reading
Healthcare
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