Victoria Hewson writes for the Telegraph

Victoria Hewson, the IEA's Head of Regulatory Affairs, busts the no-deal myths around the supply of medicines in a piece for the Telegraph. Victoria notes that while people are rightly concerned about interruptions to medical supplies, concerns about tariffs, regulations, and logistical challenges to supply are overblown. Instead, she argues that the current risks to ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson writes for City A.M.

As City A.M. asks "Is Britain overreacting to the idea that the NHS might be 'on the table' in US trade negotiations, Victoria Hewson argues yes. The IEA's Senior Counsel from the International Trade and Competition Unit argues that it shouldn't matter who provides the service, so long as it is good quality and free ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews quoted in the Daily Mail

Kate Andrews, Associate-Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, is quoted in the Daily Mail, responding to President Trump's comments that the NHS should be on the table in future US-UK trade talks. Kate argues that the US is not interested in providing NHS services, rather in "expanding the drugs market" and potentially widening access ... Continue reading

IEA report encourages more competition in health & social care systems

Competition and markets should be introduced into the UK's health and social care systems to find the best ways of integrating the two sectors, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. A ‘National Care Service’ is not the solution to providing better health care overall in the UK. The health sector ... Continue reading
Research

State or Market?

Summary: Medical and nursing care have been separated from social care by deliberate design since the creation of the NHS. This is true with regard to the institutional and policy frameworks and also with regard to how care is provided in practice. This divide, even if once justified, is now entirely artificial. People spend far ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for The Telegraph

Kate Andrews, IEA Associate Director, writes for The Telegraph, outlining the changes needed if the NHS is to truly deliver world-class outcomes for patients. Far from being the ‘envy of the world’, international comparisons of health system performance almost always rank the NHS the bottom third, on a par with the Czech Republic and Slovenia. The data ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz quoted in Daily Express

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs, is quoted in the Daily Express saying it is a “conspiracy theory” and insisted it is “completely baseless” to claim the British health service is being privatised. Responding to claims from an NHS doctor that allowing private companies to use the NHS logo ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on the NHS and cancer screenings. The rationing and bureaucratic structure that remains the biggest flaw of the NHS, rearing its ugly head in areas of testing and treatment which are far less controversial than prostate cancer screenings. The screening ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon is quoted in the Daily Telegraph

The IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon is quoted in the Daily Telegraph on national concern over health and well-being: "Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs(IEA) said of the trend: “It’s very obvious that people concerned about immigration believe that Brexit is going to be a way to ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood appears on the Jeremy Vine Show

The IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood appeared on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show to discuss expensive medical treatments, and whether or not they should be nationalised. "Developing wonder drugs is colossally expensive - only one in 5,000 drugs make their way to market. "If companies aren't incentivised to come up with new medicines, in ... Continue reading