Wednesday, 20 June
Yesterday, I was on my way to a discussion on
neuroscience, children and the law at the Houses of Parliament when
I was distracted by an exhibition called Bags of Attitude.
project was developed last summer by artist Charlotte Newson,
in partnership with Oxfam, who worked with women from across
Greater Manchester to explore the effect that increasing financial
hardship was having on their lives. The women decided to creatively
express their current financial difficulties by making exhibition
handbags. Each woman filled their bags with to show how they have
been affected. The handbags revealed multiple medications (evidence
of chronic ill health) but also messages of determination and
challenge, all delivered with attitude and creativity.
Last week, Oxfam published a report,
The Perfect Storm, which documents how the Government's
deficit reduction strategy is disproportionately impacting those on
the lowest incomes. It states that having a job is no longer
necessarily enough to lift someone out of poverty. The final
recommendation of the report is to ‘rethink how we measure value’
and whether what is being done to ‘fix’ the economy is really
sustainably benefiting society.
Yesterday, I was interested to see that Ian
Cumming was confirmed as the first
Chief Executive of Health Education England (HEE). Ian Cumming
is currently National Director for Quality at the Department of
The NHS Commissioning Board has also confirmed
the appointment of
four new Non-Executive Directors. Interesting to see that none
of them are clinicians. You can see the full list of who’s who on the
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