NHS for overseas visitors, migrants and the ‘hostile environment’

Health Tourism Health tourism in the NHS is one of the most mis-represented topics politically helping to stoke division with the ‘hostile environment’ policies produced by xenophobic politicians and supporters in recent years. Many claims have been made about migrants taking up waiting lists, queues but the reality is different. It is considered to be approximately 0.3% of overall NHS budget.1 There has been an increase in migration to the UK between 2004 and 2017,…

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DICATS video archive now up

https://www.dicats.org/archive Moscow section at beginning of London as per live stream on the day. The video fortunately doesn’t do justice to some of the madness behind the scenes relating to the start of the UK session. DICATS 2021 will have no dual hubs/centres/sections assuming anyone wants to do this again. Michele and Natalie – lead co-organisers have a paper in progress. Hopefully Varvara will be presenting in person at British Conference for International Arts Therapies…

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NHS 1920 – 2020 history

1920 – 1948 pre NHS – expensive and fragmented Healthcare was almost entirely provided for a fee either secondary care (hospitals) or primary care (GP and community care) Unless people were wealthy enough to pay for private doctors and medicines, they could not afford treatment and died younger. In 1900 few working-class people paid for their own medical treatments, with charity and the poor law the main routes to treatment for the poorest. Others, including…

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NHS revisited

It was the Keep Our NHS Public AGM on Saturday and as always an extraordinary range of health policy knowledge as well as campaigning updates. Breaking another promise to myself – I will write a series of posts on various aspects of the NHS and where we are at in 2019/20. It has been quite some time since the 2012 disastrous legislation that formally broke the N in NHS with the end of comprehensive universal…

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Acid throwing is a staple of far right intimdation and totally unacceptable

Jo Brand made a suggestion about throwing acid this week. It is unacceptable for public figures to do this but the far right hypocritically complained to the police and they do this as part of their terrorist activities. I was subject to an acid throwing incident in London last year. This was one of the many delightful experiences you get if you a) encourage friendly relations with Russia and b) oppose the far right. Ignoring,…

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Perspectives from UK and Russia of World War 2 leading up to #DDay

The audio clips are via UK National Archives. Most embedded video clips are under 6 minutes WW1 – 1938: How Europe went to war: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/how-europe-went-to-war-in-1939 Military parade in Red Square, Moscow, 1938 1939 – 1941: Western Europe http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/worldwar2/theatre-assets/western-europe/western-europe-1939-41.mp3 Eastern Europe http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/worldwar2/theatre-assets/eastern-europe/eastern-europe-1939-41.mp3 100 million Soviet women “Scenes from the wartime life of the womenfolk of our Soviet Ally” Video: https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/25359 Beginnings of Holocaust round up and mass exterminations in Soviet Union: Also: https://www.ushmm.org/confront-antisemitism/antisemitism-podcast/father-patrick-desbois Arctic Convoys UK…

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Novosibirsk

Still talking with Surrey colleagues and Russian colleagues re developing a potential Novosibirsk visit in autumn, it may be a nice thing to do at either the right or wrong time which will become apparent soon and nice does not equal useful! In Russian classes at the moment, each lesson has a fictional conversation set in Novosibirsk so not learning factual stuff really just that when book was written it had 1 zoo, 2 airports,…

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Education theories and practice

As part of preparation and practice for a Higher Education fellowship application later this year, I am planning several small sessions,in addition to any other workshops that I will be delivering which will probably include mentoring and delivering a series of short tutorials for staff preparing for teaching with a group presentation about their educational beliefs, values and practices a series of workshops or seminar on virtual and augmented reality in education (in preparation for…

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Fish babies at London Rivers week

As part of London Rivers Week 2019, the Environment Agency visited Richmond-upon-Thames today showing fish and fish sampling in the Thames.  I am currently involved with riverfly monitoring in Beverley Brook which flows into the Thames so it was a fantastic opportunity to see what is in the ‘big sister’. A gammarus – freshwater shrimp was in the kick-sample which we also have in the brook. As it’s spring, it was fish babies and eel…

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