Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy
Current news and updates relating to social policy issues.
Access to justice for mental health patients in a time of Covid-19
When I was interviewed in the 1980s for the position of senior social worker at Broadmoor maximum security hospital the medical director, Dr Patrick McGrath, said, “We could let half of the patients here leave, the problem is that we...
Early lessons on a project advancing social policy in the MENA region during a pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic brings issues of social policy to the forefront of every nation, we face a time of uncertainty and opportunity. We can never go back to how it was before, so we are given a rare chance...
‘Discrepancies in funding reported by the drug industry and patient organisations. What do they mean?’
Industry-patient ties The pharmaceutical industry’s financial ties to patient organisations have long been discussed, predominately from a critical standpoint but with some advocates. Patient organisations are often registered charities, many of which may have limited funds, making conflicts of interests...
What role for governments in political empowerment?
Empowerment has become a buzzword: both over-used and poorly understood. There are varying definitions, from a Machiavellian focus on getting what you want to a frustratingly intangible discourse about states of mind and psychological constructs. At their heart, however, all...
Justice in a time of Covid
The media have been more active recently in reporting the backlog which is building up in the NHS in operations, imaging and other tests for cancer and other serious illnesses. This has been one of the difficult consequences for the...