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About Peter Beresford

Peter Beresford is Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex, a long term user of mental health services and Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives.

Articles by Peter Beresford

This week's editors

Cat Tully and Allie Bobak introduce this week's theme: Participation and foresight – putting people at the heart of the future

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Work makes you well? After 'austerity' comes complicity

This week the government announced new health and welfare plans to ‘help’ (or bully?) disabled and sick people. Why are the disability charities so quiet?

"Handing patients NHS cash" is just rebranding cuts

Yesterday's announcement that millions of patients would be given individual pots of NHS funding is just a rebranded voucher system - and rebranded cuts.

The only 'parity' for mental health is that it is being cut and privatised as well

Mental health services are amongst the hardest hit by cuts and privatisation. A new Charter suggests how people can build alliances and fight back. 

Social care: from personal budgets to a person-centred policy and practice

Personal budgets have serious implications for the ethos of the NHS which must be considered if health and social care are to be merged - universality and provision based on need are principles we should not be so quick to abandon.

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