Saving the national health service (part 2) Funding and social care

In my first article about the current NHS crisis, I argued that we needed to look more at capacity and demand. At this time of year, there’s usually greater pressure on the NHS and specifically on A&E services due to seasonal illnesses and health threats.  In particularly we can usually expect a spike in influenza… Continue reading Saving the national health service (part 2) Funding and social care

Another example of how conspiracy theories work

Here’s a good example of how bizarre Conspiracy Theories work. There’s currently a conspiracy theory going round that the COVID19 vaccine causes heart attacks and so, left right and centre, people are dropping dead of heart attacks. So, along comes Laurence Fox, who was okay in Lewis, but has since taken an unfortunate journey into… Continue reading Another example of how conspiracy theories work

Covid, China, variants and travel restrictions

Wow, I’ve managed to get through a long period without writing anything about COVID.  Whilst some people are still wearing facemasks and posting their test results and whilst others contiine to refuse vaccination, generally the subject has quietened down. However, in the past few weeks, COVID debates seemed to have burst back into life again… Continue reading Covid, China, variants and travel restrictions

What is the point of the Frankfurt Declaration?

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Over the years I’ve seen various “Declarations” and resolutions from groups of Christian leaders on all kinds of issues. In fact, these seem to becoming more and more common.  The latest offering is The Frankfurt Declaration. If you’ve not yet come across it, you can have a read here. “The Frankfurt Declaration of Christian and… Continue reading What is the point of the Frankfurt Declaration?

Should I give up on seeing people coming back to church?

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It varies from church to church but most churches even if they’ve experienced growth through new people joining appear to have lost some people from in person attendance during COVID. I was arguing back in the Autumn that those who had not begun to re-join your gatherings or at least make active preparation probably would… Continue reading Should I give up on seeing people coming back to church?

Does it add up?

The controversy around #PartyGate continues to rumble on.  The Metropolitan Police have begun their investigation. Last week, Boris Johnson was reportedly sent a questionnaire by the police. Well, I understand that he likes a quiz. Whilst we await the outcome, people continue to speculate about what the implications will be if the Prime Minister is… Continue reading Does it add up?

Post COVID church -survey update

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Since we began to move out of lockdown I’ve run a few little twitter polls to try and get more of a feel for what is happening in terms of church life. These are quite small surveys and to some extent we shouldn’t treat them as scientific polls. However, they do give a feel for… Continue reading Post COVID church -survey update

COVID update 03/02/2022

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Through the last year or so, I’ve been tracking the COVID19 data for the UK. My aim in reporting this has been to try and help church leaders with decision making around risk management. There have been three aspects to our risk management decisions. First of all, there is the objective and immediate risk of… Continue reading COVID update 03/02/2022

Don’t over infer

This week despite natural disasters and rumours of war in other parts of the world, the UK news has continued to be dominated by the Downing Street parties with Sue Gray providing a much truncated version of her report whilst we await the police investigation.  A few people have tried to excuse or justify the… Continue reading Don’t over infer

COVID-19 update”after plan B”

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Today sees the lifting of the additional COVID measures brought in for England in response to Omicron. Scotland has also seen some restrictions around events and gatherings lifted this week. The big change in England is the removal of the face mask requirement for indoor venues. Last week I updated my risk management assessment and… Continue reading COVID-19 update”after plan B”