The Social Market Foundation is Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank, standing proudly in the centre-ground of politics since 1989.  We bring together people of all parties and none to develop evidence-based policies that support a fair society and a strong economy.

Commentary

GPs are economic agents, too

In this essay, Richard Disney analyses the economic incentives offered to GPs over where and how to work, and uses economic theory to propose improvements.

Published: 08 November 2021
Author: Richard Disney
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Commentary

How freeing GPs from bureaucracy and low-level tasks can improve primary care

The problem of lack of access to GPs lies not in some deficiencies in the GP service and the individual practitioners, but in the public’s entitlement to access with no conditions. In this essay, John Allingham makes the case for a reorientation of our expectations of GPs.

Published: 08 November 2021
Author: John Allingham
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Starting the conversation – the analysis that provoked the discussions that led to this collection

James Kirkup, SMF Director, launches the SMF's essay series "A healthier future: How to make general practice work better for everyone". The series was born out of the responses to a Times article written by James, in August 2021. In this introductory piece, James showcases the article where it all began and reflects on the importance of contributions to this series (and outside of it).

Published: 08 November 2021
Author: James Kirkup
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Media Release

Gig economy workers as satisfied as everyone else, new research shows

Deliveroo riders and other gig economy workers actively choose their work and are as happy with it as the rest of the workforce, new think-tank research reveals today.

Published: 29 November 2021
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Media Release

Pay GPs more to tackle male obesity crisis, think-tank says

GPs should be paid extra to refer men to weight management services as part of a drive to improve responses to male obesity, a cross-party think-tank says today.

Published: 23 November 2021
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‘Economy is weaker because ethnic minority businesses lack support’ – think-tank warns

Britain’s economy is “missing out” on prosperity and society is more unequal because Black, Asian and minority ethnic-owned businesses don’t get enough support to grow, a think-tank says today.

Published: 23 November 2021
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