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The Editor's daily blog, by Andy Cowper

Editorial Monday 22 Feburary 2021: The Cummings defence

Publish Date/Time: 
02/22/2021 - 13:16

People's Partridge and Secretary Of State For The Time Being Matt Hancock graced the broadcast airwaves on Sunday morning trying to clear up after being defeated by the Good Law Project over his failure to publish the PPE contracts on the Government's Contractsfinder website in a timely way.

Editorial Monday 15 February 2021: The Cummings-Back Kid

Publish Date/Time: 
02/15/2021 - 14:57

"Guess who's back - back again?"

You can't keep a good man down, so the saying goes.

Apparently you can't keep ex-Vote Leave supremo and then ex-chief SpAd to Boris Johnson, Barnards Castle Eye Test specialist Dominic Cummings down either.

Editorial Monday 8 February 2021: The olden days

Publish Date/Time: 
02/08/2021 - 23:30

“And here I sit so patiently, waiting to find what price
You have to pay to get out of going through all these things twice”

Bob Dylan, ‘Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again’

Sometimes, the past has useful lessons we can learn.

This bit does, anyway.

In 2010, I spent a huge amount of time getting to understand the things that became the 2012 Health And Social Care Act.

History, and this website, record that I was not a big fan of those ideas.

Editorial Friday 5 February 2021: Exclusive - Government's new Health White Paper draft text

Publish Date/Time: 
02/05/2021 - 07:37

Health Policy Insight has obtained the draft of the Government's White Paper on Health. Its text is below: commentary on this text can be found here.

Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all [working title]

The Department of Health and Social Care’s legislative proposals for a Health and Care Bill
TBC February 2021

[To delete - info for drafting only]
1. Foreword from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Editorial Wednesday 17 Feburary 2021: The Hancock paradox

Publish Date/Time: 
02/17/2021 - 15:02

There is a not-good report out today from the self-identified think-tank 'Reform'.

I'm not linking to it because it's pretty poor and pointlessly sensationalist in parts, but it suggests that the NHS Referral To Treatment (RTT) waiting list will hit 10 million by this April.

Oh dear.

This is not going to happen, as my HSJ colleague James Illman neatly summarises.

Editorial Friday 12 February 2021: Waiting for the Bill means Big Speculation

Publish Date/Time: 
02/12/2021 - 10:05

It's been a fairly lively week.

Editorial Friday 5 February 2021: Exclusive - Key points and analysis of the Government's new Health White Paper

Publish Date/Time: 
02/05/2021 - 10:17

“The Health and Social Care Act 2012 put a regime in place which put competition as the organising principle for improvement in NHS care. This has in some cases hindered integration between providers. In practice, the NHS has not operated as the market intended by the 2012 Act …

"The NHS England of 2022 is a very different organisation with a significantly different role to the NHS Commissioning Board of 2013 …