A. B.

Helpful votes received on reviews: 56% (5 of 9)
Location: England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 713,174 - Total Helpful Votes: 5 of 9
Stop Saving the NHS and Start Reinventing it by Colin Jervis
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The book advocates technological change in the NHS, and is implicitly pro-Health and Social Care Act. However, there is no reason why the technological solutions could also be adopted without privatisation.

There were good ideas in the book: using the genome to develop personal treatments, using RFID chips to make sure patients are properly identified, the use of expert systems in diagnosis and a "Facebook"-like patient record.

However there are also a few "pie in the sky" ideas, such as robots who look after the elderly, and on social media: "...the greater use of social media opens the possibility of customers managing their own illness. My view is the best person to… Read more
Over Here and Undertaxed: Multinationals, Tax Avoi&hellip by Richard Murphy
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well written and ideal companion to understanding the taxation fiasco surrounding Google, Amazon and Starbucks. Not only describes the methods of tax avoidance, but also covers policy solutions to this problem.
Never Enough: America's Limitless Welfare State by William Voegeli
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Learn from Europe, 19 Mar 2013
It is not difficult to see why welfare provisions in the US are so controversial. With massive income inequality, welfare is provided by the taxes of the rich, which benefit the poor, while those in the middle are 'squeezed', as they have neither the benefits of welfare and are not rich. To some point, the UK is facing the same problem.

However, the book's analysis that European welfare states are a 'legacy of Europe's ancient feudalism' is bizarre. In Britain, the NHS was created after WWII, when the country was 'virtually bankrupt and the economic basis for the hopes of the people non-existent', to quote Keynes. But even then, the political will was there, as the war made… Read more