Health Policy and Politics
RUNNER UP - SANDS OX CHARITY ESSAY PRIZE 2018 - MEDICAL STUDENT
A pipe, cigarettes and cigar
Tobacco usurped by corporations from afar
Mesolimbic excitement the addictive source from neurobiology
Detriment to health and wealth, logically
"No more in bars, clubs or pubs they said"
"Choose something else to mess with the head"
Drink more wine, spirits and beer
Forget dependency and addiction they jeer
Scotland beginning to lead the way
"increasing the price of a unit"- won't lead people astray
But nothing to combat sugar and fat
Obesity epidemic and no strategy for that
Doctors prescribe exercise and advised healthy diets
No nutritional education means a reliance on flyers
An apple a day keeps the doctor a way, or so they thought
Now its 5 fruit or vegetables that need to be bought
Expensive marketing campaign and bright bold posters
This will solve the obesity crisis exclaimed the boasters
The problem was clear to see at public health meetings
The aristocratic management with no real experience.
'The proletariat are uneducated and will learn to be healthy'
Do they consider deprivation, poverty and inequality?
A concoction of arrogance, naivety and misinformation
A step in the right direction would be subsidisation
But political collusion ensures corporations remain prosperous
"Let the burden of sugar taxation hit the mass populous"
"Smoking Kills" and causes more lung cancer
"Do you even vape? Or use nicotine patches" a favourite answer
But as with prior examples and the issues they predicate
Is the answer always to medicate?
A brief digestion of the recent public health policy
Money constraints and over-infatuation with the QALY
The NHS- a treasured national institution
Threatened by privatisation and underappreciation
Innovation and necessity is the mother of invention
At this critical juncture two paths remain evolution or regression.