Alan Cribb is Co-Director of the Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London.
Talking about the pandemic
One of the concerns that has animated healthcare reform is an interest in closing the gap between ‘experts’ and the public. The Covid-19 pandemic may have provided some clues to thinking about this. The pandemic has made debates about medicine and healthcare mainstream. For months it has been difficult to turn on the radio without hearing discussion about vectors, ventilators or vaccines. A mini-industry of silver lining hunting has sprung up: clearer birdsong, cleaner air, the spur to digital health. Perhaps we should add greater public engagement with, and literacy about, healthcare to this list?