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Untapped potential: why we need to better support ethnic minority businesses

Is enough being done to tackle the systemic barriers facing ethnic minority businesses? The panellists at our recent event on entrepreneurship and diversity in the UK certainly don’t think so.

Published: 02 December 2021
Author: Saskia Giraud-Reeves
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We must stop meating like this: Why it’s time for a better measure of meat consumption

We urgently need to reckon with the impact that eating meat has on the climate, human health, biothreats, animal welfare and much more. But delivering a proportionate response depends on knowing how much meat we are eating. And that, as this blog sets out, isn’t entirely clear.

Published: 30 November 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Political Philosophy in a Pandemic

This blog reflects on the recent launch event for 'Political Philosophy in a Pandemic: Routes to a More Just Future', a new book by the SMF's Chief Economist, Dr Aveek Bhattacharya.

Published: 30 November 2021
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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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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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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