The new government has promised a referendum on the Alternative Vote (AV) — they want to ask us directly whether we want to stick with the system we’ve got, or change it to the Alternative Vote system. But what is this new system? If you want to know, or have family or friends who might be […]Read more "The Alternative Vote"
What a hung parliament means, in a simple way.Read more "What is a hung parliament?"
At the moment, if you don’t live in the UK, and you come here and get treated at an NHS hospital, sometimes you’re supposed to pay for it. You can get registered at a GP surgery, you don’t have to pay for emergency treatment, and for urgent things like giving birth you will be treated without having […]Read more "Are we getting our money’s worth from health tourism?"
This website is here to prove to Government (and anyone else who uses language in an over complicated way, all the while claiming they want feedback from members of the public) that speaking plainly, even about tricky subjects, isn’t just possible, but absolutely necessary. I hope this website also helps prove that you don’t have […]Read more "Thinking positive"
If you want something to change in government, replying to consultations is one of the best ways to do it. But consultations aren’t the end of the line. When everything’s over and the dust has settled, the government has to come up with a response document. Usually this tells you what feedback they’ve had from you, […]Read more "Your credit card is changing"
This is the first in a new series. Consultations in 200 words or less! This is the options for improving information on the labels of alcoholic drinks to support consumers to make healthier choices in the UK from the Department of Health. Get your ideas, thoughts and evidence in for 9 May 2010, email UKalcohollabelling@dh.gsi.gov.uk. You’re not supposed to […]Read more "Short shorts: Alcohol labelling"
The NHS constitution has been around since January 2009. It’s a promise from the NHS to you that they will look after you properly, and that you have a right to be looked after well when you need to use NHS services like hospitals, doctors and dentists. It’s taken a while to get there, but from January 2010 all the […]Read more "Waiting times and health checks on the NHS"
The government’s looking at giving patients the ability to spend directly on the care they need, not just being put on a waiting list or going to an NHS therapy service that’s too far away. I got an email asking if I could translate the consultation on this before I put the last poll up. They also asked if […]Read more "Direct payments for Health Care (a request)"