A balanced assessment is required if the opportunities presented by the Sustainability and Transformation Plans are to be seized upon
The DH’s objective is to reduce the cost of clinical negligence cases so that savings can be invested in patient care. But these proposals risk human and financial costs.
Between May 2013 and February 2016 an argument took place between Kingsley Manning, chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (now NHS Digital), and the Home Office and Department of Health. At stake was the HSCIC’s independence as an Executive Non-Departmental Body responsible to parliament, not to any minister, and its trustworthiness as the guardian of the personal details of every NHS patient in England.
For almost all of the post-war period, death rates have been falling steadily in England and Wales. Yet 2015 saw the third largest year-on-year rise, with no immediate explanation.
The idea that more competition would improve the NHS is history. But what are the challenges for an approach based on partnership and collaboration?
A senior trainee anaesthetist’s perspective on a survey of the welfare and morale of trainee doctors.
Nick Pahl 16th January 2017 The government’s Green Paper on work, health and disability proposes a plan for helping disabled people into employment. This was an ambition that initially appeared in the Conservative Party manifesto in 2015. The overarching aim is to close the disability employment gap. Of the 5.7 million disabled people of […]
The past 20 years have been trying ones for Santa Claus and the National Elf Service. The decision to split the purchasing of presents from their delivery was meant to improve efficiency, but he’s been having second thoughts…
‘Nanny state’ accusations can function as powerful rhetorical weapons against interventions that are intended to benefit people. This blog, based on our recent academic paper, offers suggestions both to help public health advocates develop effective defences against nanny-state accusations and to ensure that public health interventions are well justified.
Dr Thomas Mills The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), the pay-for-performance protocol in general practice, has been the subject of significant debate since it was rolled out in 2004. At the core of the debate is whether the quality of general practice can be quantified for the purposes of performance management. There are concerns […]