Good news in traffic calming. UK leads the world in improving road deaths. It means fewer kidneys though..

Reducing the cost of road deaths. A good news story at last… A major reduction on the cost of RTAs would be to ensure that all costs were transferred to insurers. Long term care, third parties and family stress, time off work etc etc. This would make young people pay a larger pro rata premium, and thereby enhance public transport use, increasing social cohesion. So why is it so hard to get traffic calming measures in your street? Be proud: The UK leads the world in improving road deaths. We could also lead the way in Organ Donation. Why not subsidise electric motorbikes ?

The Economist on 14th November reports on a UK good news item: Traffic-calming measures

Speed bumps may be the bane of car drivers’ lives, but it seems they are also effective. Britain’s death rate from transport accidents (over 95% of which are on the roads) is now the lowest in the world. Traffic fatalities fell by half in 2000-13, even though the number of miles driven rose. The key to making roads safer is reducing speed, according to the World Health Organisation. Pedestrians have a 90% survival rate when hit by a vehicle at 20mph (32kph); over 50mph they stand almost no chance. Britain has been quicker than most countries in cutting speed limits in cities to 20mph. It is now focusing on making roads safer for cyclists, bikers and pedestrians, who make up half of all road deaths.

Opting out on organ donation – about time for the UK to be universal – but all road users should have insurance

Making Road Travel less risky – and less of a drain on health services

Organ Donation – a long way to go

Update: It means fewer kidneys despite Wales’ contribution: The Guardian 25th November 2015 New opt-out system in Wales aims to revolutionise organ donation

 

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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