The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has just awarded two new Fellowships, jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WT ISSF) and the School, to Sam Alsford, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (ITD), who works on Trypanosome molecular biology and to Mary DeSilva, Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health (EPH), who works on global mental health. Read more
The UK government's plans to reform the National Health Service are at the heart of a new political storm. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley claims the Health and Social Care Bill, currently undergoing amendment in the House of Lords, will increase private-sector competition for NHS funding and reduce bureaucracy.
He has the backing of the Prime Minister, but is facing growing opposition both in Westminster and from the health professions. More than 130,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the Bill to be dropped, the Royal Colleges are critical, and even influential voices within the Conservative party have called it an electoral liability. Read more
February brings us three new LSHTM books featuring alcohol, human rights and veterinary expeditions. Read more