David's Blog

A blog to promote debate and discussion around current issues of interest to the network. David MacKintosh, one of the founders of the network, writes a weekly piece, posted here. We also invite contributions to the blog from others with ideas and opinions on issues relating to health behaviours and urban health and wellbeing. If you would like to contribute, please send your post to us for consideration at [email protected] and if accepted for publication, it will be posted here on the GPHN website as well as included in the weekly GPHN alerts sent to those in the network.

David’s blog #66: Of Mice and Men – and Adders

4 May 2021 • David MacKintosh

For the last decade or so there has been a dismal lack of interest shown in the UK towards drugs policy. We have had the annual wringing of hands when updated drug related deaths figures have...


David’s blog #65: The View Beyond the End of Our Noses

22 Mar 2021 • David MacKintosh

At the moment, it is understandably difficult to look beyond COVID. The boasting and blame games around vaccine roll outs continue, alongside the debate over who is, and isn’t, a priority for...


Guest blog: Partnership That Saves Lives

15 Mar 2021 • City Of London Police

This week we have a guest blog from the City of London highlighting a valuable collaboration that improves the response to individuals experiencing severe mental health episodes while also help...


David’s blog #64: It’s a Small World

25 Feb 2021 • David MacKintosh

The well-known saying above usually applies when we find we have friends in common with our colleagues, or similar events happen in different places. For those lucky enough to have visited a Di...


David’s blog #63: Fresh air makes the Doctor poor

15 Feb 2021 • David MacKintosh

The above is, I am led to believe, a Danish proverb. I think it is a sentiment many of us can relate to, though we have no desire to see our medical friends reduced to poverty! But with London ...


David’s blog #62: Summit in Sight

8 Feb 2021 • David MacKintosh

As we look forward into 2021 and beyond, we see glimmers of hope that the world is getting to grips with the pandemic and that we can start to think about returning to “normality”. Most of us a...


David’s blog #61: Under Pressure

28 Jan 2021 • David MacKintosh

In my local area, many people have kept up their Christmas decorations and lights longer than usual, perhaps hoping to fend off the current gloom. I have certainly appreciated it. The January b...


David’s Blog #60: Light Receding

12 Jan 2021 • David MacKintosh

This is not the blog I planned, nor the blog I wanted to write. My original intention was to look at the work the Global Public Health Network has undertaken over the last year and flag up some...


David’s blog #59: Slàinte Mhath!

4 Jan 2021 • David MacKintosh

Looking back to my first blog of 2020, it is clear I have no future in fortune telling. Seeking to be optimistic, I spoke about the success of our Christmas alcohol campaign and my hopes for mo...


David’s blog #58: Glimmers of Hope During Dark Nights

28 Dec 2020 • David MacKintosh

The name of Margaret Keenan, the first person to be vaccinated against Covid 19 outside of the clinical trials, will likely come up in quizzes for years to come. The sight of people being va...