TUC: From nurses to patient safety, why Brexit could destroy the NHS | LabourList

Trades Union Congress

Trades Union Congress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite being conservative in my political views, I find that I’m supporting the TUC here.

The NHS is a key battleground for the EU referendum. The TUC argues:

we’ve taken a long hard look at the facts – and here is why we think Brexit would harm the NHS, not help it … Creating a staffing crisis  Leaving the EU would create a short term staffing crisis in the NHS – and that would hit the quality of services. Just under 50,000 citizens from the European Economic Area (EEA) currently work in the NHS, including over 9,000 doctors; 18,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors; and 2,500 other professionals, such as physios and radiographers. These workers provide vital skills and expertise – and they plug gaps left by the underfunding of training places. Given the government’s plans to end training bursaries and another five year squeeze on NHS funding, getting the necessary turnabout in the numbers of home-grown health professionals does not look likely to happen any time soon. So we will end up with a staffing crisis that hurts our health service.

Source: TUC: From nurses to patient safety, why Brexit could destroy the NHS | LabourList



“Misery Index” at lowest level since 1950s | Brookings Institution

English: At a meeting with representatives of ...

English: At a meeting with representatives of US public, academic and political circles. Русский: На встрече с представителями американской общественности, научных и политических кругов. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an interesting read from the Brookings Institution.

The article reports that the “Misery Index,” an economic measure invented by former Brookings economist Arthur Okun in the 1970s that combines the unemployment rate with the inflation rate, has been at its lowest levels over the past year since the 1950s according to calculations by Senior Fellow Gary Burtless.

Source: “Misery Index” at lowest level since 1950s | Brookings Institution

Whilst I’m not disputing the overall statistics, especially for America, I think this is misleading. It’s necessary to cut and dice the data by:

  • Country
  • Region
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Class
  • Ethnicity

In my view, in the UK and Southern Europe excessive austerity has influenced the Misery Index