What I have been reading on the internet (Part IV)

So this week I have been reading the internet (and, for any of my bosses reading this, please note also working).

I liked Nigel Praities (@nigelpraities) in Pulse yesterday who highlighted the news about a proposal that the NHS ring fenced budget be removed, that female doctors are considered a burden to the NHS and that the director of NICE recommends not inviting people to the pub if their new year resolution is not to drink. Here.

Jonathon Tomlinson (@mellojonny) on loneliness is also worth a read

I am boggling a bit at the moment at the results from the BMJ weekly polls. Usually less than 1000 responses and fairly uncontroversial. This week over 2000 responses with 90% against banning e-cigarettes in public. I know that I have linked to this before, but Martin McKee points out how well organised the online e-cigarette lobby is here.

Thanks to @jenniaburt I now read Richard Lehman’s blog here. Brilliant. I find myself nodding along as I read. But I do note that he doesn’t seem to object to e-cigarettes here and so, despite agreeing with him on most things (for example he says “Martin Roland writes brilliantly about the new proposals for Urgent Care in England”) I think that I do disagree with him on this point.

On Mumsnet a discussion about cervical cancer screening. Very interesting with strong opinions both for and against. The discussion links to a paper by @triciagreenhalgh on patient experience of routine GP health screening here

Finally, also from Mumsnet, the authors of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (links to the papers here, and in a side-note the analyses used Rupert and Gary’s method for comparing indices of multiple deprivation across the constituent countries of the UK. paper here) were online for a Q&A session about this research here. Questions and answers about why the word rape was not used in the report when describing non-consensual sex. Also a comment about survey item non-response (surprisingly, highest for questions about income). And the comment that in the UK we are having less sex because we spend too much time on the internet.

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