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Health policy and controlling Covid-19 in England: sociological insights

Calnan, Michael .W. (2020) Health policy and controlling Covid-19 in England: sociological insights. Healthy Lives Gateway Emerald Open Research, . pp. 1-15. ISSN 2631-3952. (KAR id:82274)

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The global Covid-19 pandemic is posing considerable challenges for governments throughout the world and has and will have a significant influence on the shape of peoples social and economic life and well-being in the short and longer term. This opinion paper discusses the current health policy response adopted in England to control or manage the epidemic and identifies the key sociological and political influences which have shaped these policies. Drawing on the theoretical approach set out in his recent book which lays emphasis on the interplay of powerful structural and economic interest groups, the author will consider the influence of the key players. Government policy has, at least initially, tied itself to scientific and medical evidence and protecting the NHS so the key roles of the medical profession, public health scientific community and NHS management and their respective and relative powerful influences will be discussed. The government needs the support of the public if their policies are to be successful, so how have the government addressed maintaining public trust in this ‘crisis’ and how much trust do the public have in the government and what has influenced it? The strong emphasis on social distancing and social isolation in the national government policy response to Covid-19 has placed an increasing public reliance on the traditional and social media for sources of information so how the media has framed the policy will be considered. One policy aim is for an effective vaccine and the influence of the drug industry in its development is discussed. Finally, the role of the state will be discussed and what has shaped its social and economic policies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Covid-19, Policy response, England, Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Michael Calnan
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2020 11:29 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:14 UTC
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