IEA reacts to Theresa May's speech at Conservative Party Conference

Spokespeople from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) respond to the Prime Minister's speech at Conservative Party Conference: On the speech, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood said: "The Prime Minster delivered a robust defence of the benefits of free enterprise, spelling out clearly that nationalisation of industry results in less efficient and more expensive delivery of ... Continue reading

IEA reacts to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's speech at Conservative Party Conference

Spokespeople from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) respond to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's speech at Conservative Party Conference: On Philip Hammond's speech, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood said:  “The rhetoric of the Chancellor's speech was encouraging - with talk of lowering taxes to boost growth, and action to reduce the budget deficit further. But ... Continue reading
Healthcare
An interview by Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of the UK medicines regulator the MHRA, sparked concerns that supplies of medicines to patients in the UK would be at risk if no withdrawal agreement is reached with the EU. Sir Michael highlighted the example of insulin, a vitally important drug for people with diabetes, which is ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood appears on the Jeremy Vine show

Mark Littlewood appears on the Jeremy Vine show discussing the link between austerity and life expectancy. Debating with Owen Jones, Mark argued that we need to look beyond the headline amounts spent. In trivial terms it follows that, if you spend more on healthcare, you will get more of it. Yet those at the top ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemetz appears on BBC Three Counties

Head of Health and Welfare, Dr Kristian Niemetz, appears on BBC Three Counties discussing the idea of placing a fee on GP appointments. Kristian argues that the proposition, which has been put forward in a Private Members Bill by Sir Christopher Chope, is a good idea, but, must be done properly. A moderate charge would ... Continue reading

IEA comments on the prospect of a no-deal scenario post-Brexit

Ahead of DExEU minister Dominic Raab's speech tomorrow on the Government's plans for a no-deal, Victoria Hewson, Senior Counsel at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “The project fear stories we are faced with almost daily do not have to become reality. While a no-deal scenario is far from optimal, the UK has plenty of ... Continue reading
Research
There are three main factors behind the fears in relation to medical provisions post-Brexit. Here we examine what the potential problems are and the available solutions. The flexibility available to the UK government and regulators means that they should be able to overcome the regulatory barriers and minimise logistical delays in the supply of medicines. ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood comments in the Daily Mail

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Daily Mail on the story that the NHS is prescribing and paying for household goods such as toothpaste and shampoo. Just a matter of weeks after the Prime Minister promises to commit £20billion more a year to our healthcare system, we hear ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews comments in the Telegraph

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Telegraph on the story that an NHS Trust puts up posters reminding surgeons to check identity of patients before operating. In the article Kate argues that it's welcoming to see Oxfordshire hospitals taking steps to deliver more specialist staff training, to ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz appears on BBC Radio Surrey

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio Surrey to discuss the NHS on its 70th birthday. In the interview Kristian argues that in terms of health outcomes the NHS is consistently lagging behind comparable systems, especially in western Europe and other developed countries. The ... Continue reading