advice about returning to training after a break

I’m in the process of relocating to Surrey and starting a new job in London next week. I hope to go back to training at my old club at some point in August, or should I say rediscover the floor of my old club if current physical state is anything to go by – hello discipline, old friend!


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Leaving nobody behind in bad health requires Universal Health Coverage

Originally posted on - what comes after the MDGs?:

This post, written by Rob Yates, health consultant at Chatham House and former Senior Health Economist at WHO, is the third in our blog series which aims to explore how the Sustainable Development Goals can be drafted to include all social and economic groups.

How can we ensure that no one is left in bad health as the SDGs are implemented? Thankfully the global health community has rallied behind a health service goal, that by definition, means that nobody should be left behind. This goal is Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which means that all people receive the quality, essential health services they need, without being exposed to financial hardship.

It’s clear that the health sector has a vital role in improving health outcomes, which is achieved through people consuming effective health services. This involves a broad spectrum of services from the preventive that stop people becoming sick, through the curative that…

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Ways you can help NHS staff campaign for restoration of the NHS

After the latest piece of savagery from Westminster yesterday, it’s a wonder that they keep doing their amazing jobs and thank goodness they do or we’d all be stuffed.

One of the easiest things for Westminster and its apologists is to attack a group of people who have the best compassionate, caring standards (minus a few and it is a few), they are so busy carrying out their jobs with those standards that they don’t have time to fight back.

Join National Health Action Party , Keep Our NHS Public or its local affiliate group.

Find out more about what is going on by reading articles on openDemocracy , DoctorsforNHS ,,

Get involved in local NHS campaign initiatives – by ureading council papers and attending local meetings. Local assemblies often have links.

It’s never mattered more than now and the NHS has never needed more public voices supporting every surgery, clinic, hospital. Even one hour a week helps.

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AWE2015 – future in interaction discussion

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Campaigning or campaigners

I’m as guilty of this as anyone, especially when I’m tired and frustrated. Either you have time to campaign for a better world or you have time to complain about other campaigners.

One of the things I’m determined not to regret about campaigning in Witney is that you see the human side of both Cameron and the Conservative campaign team, even if they do want to destroy the NHS and NHS campaigners. (No need to bother with the latter, we’re quite capable of doing that without external assistance).

Far too much to do and not enough energy to do it alone.

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Superb Martial Arts events coming up

1. 13th July 9.30-12.30  Medicine Garden, Cobham TAI CHI with Master Mark Worsfold – a morning of Tea & Tai Chi

Come and join us for a relaxed morning of Tai Chi in the wonderful surroundings of the Medicine Garden.
Practice, discuss, watch or just learn about this Oriental Martial Arts and its benefits and applications.
Long/Short/Tai Chi Sword/Broadsword/Fan /48 Forms, Qi Qong plus much else
A FREE EVENT – But any donations will go towards the Medicine Garden Restoration Fund

2. 1st – 8th August 2015. Martial Arts Summer Camp, Master Jason King and Masters Niall and Liam Grange are taking this camp to new levels at this amazing location on the Cornish clifftops:

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Six Reasons Why Privatisation Is Bad For Our Health

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Originally posted on NHAspace:

Public health expert David Lawrence explains why competition and marketisation aren’t the change that the NHS needs. 

The NHS in England was once a collaborative and cooperative public service, with the aim of reducing our suffering, and improving our health. Over the last 30 years, successive governments have introduced more and more elements of competition, contracting and privatisation, including the purchaser-provider split, the Private Finance Initiative and ‘any qualified provider’. There are several reasons why this is not good for us.

1. Competition Creates Bureaucracy

Public financing, using general taxation and public, non-profit healthcare, has lower costs than a part-market system with for-profit providers and mixed public and private financing. The traditional NHS (pre-1980s) had low management costs of around 5%. That was perhaps too low, and required more expenditure on expert management data collection and systems management.

The Health Select Committee has noted that, by 2005, the internal market had increased…

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