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Is society dead? Margaret Thatcher declared that society was dead, but was she right, or is the state just out of step with the people?   It was Margaret Thatcher who said there was “no such thing as society”. She uttered the infamous words back in 1987, but she could perhaps have been reflecting on the year ahead of

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NHS transformation plans: Cuts or change for better? The process has been bubbling along beneath the radar for months. The Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) across the NHS in England have been overshadowed by controversy, with critics arguing they are part of a secret cuts agenda. Each of 44 areas of England was asked to

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Moonlight: The small-budget film that is sweeping Hollywood awards It’s been hailed by critics as diverse film-making at its best, but the director of Moonlight, which has six Golden Globe nominations, says the film is not a response to the #OscarsSoWhite criticism of last year’s award season. Miami-born filmmaker Barry Jenkins wrote and directed the

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Shaping healthy cities and economies The role of clinical commissioning Foreword As chair of the NHS Clinical Commissioners’ Core Cities Network, I am delighted to introduce this report showcasing the important role that local commissioners play in local economies. England’s urban areas are hubs for jobs and investment while also being home to some of

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Why I won’t buy grandma a Christmas present this year “Last year we got her a present and she just kept opening it over and over again,” says 16-year-old Charlotte. “She was happy but she wasn’t really aware of why she’d got it and now she’s in a worse state than she was last year.”

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Growing crisis in children and young people’s mental health demands action Young people face unprecedented social pressures, leading to serious psychological distress. Society’s response has been inadequate. Self-harm among young people, particularly girls, has rocketed in the last decade. The number of girls admitted to hospital after cutting themselves has quadrupled, incidents of poisoning have

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          Kids on the edge – Channel 4 Series “More children than ever are being diagnosed with mental health disorders. This series goes behind the scenes at the Tavistock and Portman, which is at the forefront of exploring young people’s minds.” To view and get more information please visit the Channel

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