I sometimes wonder whether some of the Guardian’s regular contributors secretly despise their readers, given how easily they believe obvious nonsense as long as it confirms their fashionable, high-status beliefs. If I were Allyson Pollock, a professor of Public Health at Newcastle University, I certainly would. Prof Pollock has been writing guest contributions for the ... Continue reading

IEA research referenced in The Spectator

IEA research on the impact that NHS reform would have on the number of lives saved each year due to various illnesses has been referenced by Kate Andrews in The Spectator. Kate uses the IEA's findings to highlight the importance of bringing debate around the efficacy of NHS to the fore. "Five years ago, the ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for The Telegraph

Kristian Niemietz, the IEA's Head of Political Economy, has given his thoughts on the left's reaction to this week's Parliamentary vote on the Health and Care Bill. As Kristian observes, amongst much of the left, the Bill has triggered the usual response to healthcare reform - that it is part of a covert strategy for ... Continue reading
The citations below are (with one exception) all from major national newspapers or magazines (such as the Guardian/Observer, the Independent or the New Statesman). Time-specific references have been removed. Can you guess which year each quote is from? The answers can be found below.   “These proposals smooth the way for the privatisation of the ... Continue reading
MPs will vote today on the Health and Care Bill. This legislation has much to commend it to Conservative MPs. It is not yet another top-down reorganisation of the health service. Indeed, it is not a reorganisation of the NHS at all. Instead, it is designed to integrate the NHS, social care and local authorities ... Continue reading
The NHS is being privatised. Everybody knows that. Or at least, every Twitter user does, because Twitter regularly talks itself into a frenzy over the threat of NHS “privatisation”. For example, Jon Trickett, the MP for Hemsworth, tweeted the other day: “There are 22,143 fewer NHS Beds today than there were in 2010 […]  This ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the IEA, has penned an article for CapX on the pervasive misleading claims that NHS privatisation is being pushed via a secret political agenda. As Kristian demonstrates, relative to other countries, the NHS is far from escaping state control. "Only one in ten British hospitals are private. In ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

Annabel Denham, the IEA's Director of Communications, has written for the Spectator about proposed plans to force GPs to work in more deprived areas in an effort to resolve shortages. The plan, recommended by the Social Market Foundation, would ensure that GPs are not allowed to work in 'over-doctored' areas and instead would be directed ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Mail

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the IEA, has been quoted in the Daily Mail over Amanda Pritchard's disproven claim that Covid admissions are currently 14 times higher than they were at this time last year. Regarding Pritchard's overestimation, Christopher commented that "The idea that NHS England does not have access to figures that are ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Telegraph

Amanda Pritchard, the Head of NHS England, has been widely disparaged for her incorrect claim that "We have had 14 times the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 than we saw this time last year". In actuality, the number of people currently hospitalised with Covid is almost 3000 less than November last year. Christopher Snowdon, ... Continue reading