Opinion – Britain’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction has been left unattended for too long – Op Ed – Tom Watson and Jon Ashworth – Huffington Post

Here’s a good op ed, published in the Huffington Post, highlighting how the UK’s Labour Party would go further on tackling gambling addiction. As I reflect on this article, my mind cast over the growing politics of addiction – including drugs, alcohol, gambling and obesity. On the left, the approach demands growing state-involvement. Meanwhile, on the right, the viewpoint is increasingly that it’s the respobsibility of the individual and and his/her family. My political views are well known and I do not subscribe to the view that gambling addiction should be the latest disease to be addressed by the NHS. But I do think that government intervention on all addictions is way behind the curve. Having spent most of my career delivering strategic change, I think that governments must take a holistic approach to addiction, regarding it increasingly as a strategic challenge. After all, consider how China suffered in the Opium Wars?

Fears over patient safety if ‘cut-price’ doctors hired from India – Telegraph

Conservative Party (UK)

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This is a good article by Laura Donnelly, health correspondent at the Telegraph. It’s a GOOD READ. Check it out!

via Fears over patient safety if ‘cut-price’ doctors hired from India – Telegraph.

Personally, as a policy option, I think that it’s good idea hiring doctors from India, provided that there are appropriate safeguards to minimize risk to patients.

Similarly, the concept of sending UK patients to India for procedures is another good idea in my view – of course, with the necessary safeguards.

In my mind, why stop with medicine? I think there is a good case for outsourcing public services and off-shoring them to India and China, for example; this includes both local and central government – the only exception should be policy areas and areas involved with national security.

Let me turn this to an open question:

Do you think that the UK Conservative Party manifesto, ahead of the next election, should include widespread outsourcing and off-shoring of local and central government services?

Any thoughts?

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