Manchester Policy Blogs: Health and social care
Policy analysis showcasing our strengths in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health and life sciences.
What can we learn from Ian Paterson’s conviction for criminally harmful surgery?
25 May 2017
Doctor Alexandra Mullock is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Law at The University of Manchester’s School of Law, and writes for us today on the legal background and future implications of Ian Paterson’s recent convictions for unnecessary and damaging surgeries. The Paterson case has significant implications for the principle that non-fatal surgical violations are exempt from […]
The new GM mayor must address sexual violence
25 April 2017
As the polling day for Greater Manchester electing its first ever Metro Mayor approaches, Dr Sarah Darley outlines what the new mayor must do in order to tackle sexual violence across the city region. In Greater Manchester, reported rapes have doubled in the last two years and child sexual exploitation has increased fivefold in three […]
The world after Ebola
13 April 2017
UK-Med, a medical NGO within The University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), assisted the UK Government in recruiting NHS volunteers to combat the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. Here, the HCRI’s director Professor Tony Redmond reflects on the experience and the lessons we can learn about the benefits of helping others. Ebola […]
A world without Down’s Syndrome? Is the non-invasive test for Down’s a positive medical breakthrough or a tool for eugenics?
27 March 2017
In 2018, Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing for genetic conditions and variations will be available on the NHS. Here, Professor Rebecca Bennett looks at the controversy over this test being used to detect Down’s syndrome and argues for a policy of voluntary non-directive screening and testing. Our current ‘opt-out’ screening practice for Down’s in pregnancy already […]
The first cut is the deepest: how the crisis in children and young people’s mental health was created
23 February 2017
In the coming weeks, the House of Commons Education and Health Select Committees will be hearing oral evidence on their inquiry into children and young people’s mental health and the role of education. Members of the Manchester Institute of Education have written three blogs expanding on some of the key issues in their submission and […]