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Editorial Wednesday 22 November 2017: A Budget to short-change the NHS

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11/22/2017 - 10:35

Budget Day rolls around fast: this year, the cacophony of requests for more funding for the NHS has been almost incessant.

In my HSJ column, I assumed that the NHS is not going to get the £4 billion a year it needs to keep things stable as they are. (This doesn't include a staff pay rise, not getting waiting times back on track.)

Editorial Wednesday 8 November 2017: Spreadsheet Phil will have to choose between the bus and the bust

Publish Date/Time: 
11/08/2017 - 09:14

Fireworks Night was three days ago, but you wouldn't know it from NHS Commissioning Board boss Simon Stevens' bold intervention at the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham.

In a delightful display of political chutzpah, Stevens is using the '£350 million bullshit bus' to bolster the case for a meaningful funding increase in the Budget on 22 November.

Who's the audience for this intervention?

And will it work?

Bypassing the politicians

Guest editorial Thursday 26 October 2017: Why the NHS should be run by a US sports league, by CCG Cassander

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10/26/2017 - 15:15

Twitter legend CCG Cassander has welcomed me back to Health Policy Insight duties with this guest editorial: his brilliant suggestion for fresh transatlantic learning opportunities for the NHS

As I write, much digital ink is being spilled over a proposed “NHS Airbnb” scheme, where private landlords would be paid to provide rooms to recovering patients.

Editorial Thursday 26 October 2017: The floodgates are opening

Publish Date/Time: 
10/26/2017 - 09:05

Hello. I've been a bit busy of late, so as a thing that doesn't earn me any money, Health Policy Insight has had to pause.

Why the un-pause, now?

Oh ... there's been a tipping point coming, which I've been tracking in the new weekly 'Cowper's Cut' column for HSJ every Monday.

Last night's BBC Newsnight had a good exposition of the issues facing the service.

The Maynard Doctrine - The NHS regulatory hogwash

Health economist Professor Alan Maynard asks what regulation is actually delivering

Public and private sector regulatory schizophrenia
There are two remarkable aspects of regulation.

Firstly, regulations are costly and usually created to protect and benefit the public, i.e. they usually involve significant costs and benefits. Those favouring their abolition generally assume deregulation is virtually costless in the absence of evidence.

The Maynard Doctrine: Jeremy Hunt’s report card

Health economist Professor Alan Maynard offers an August examination result on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s tenure

Jeremy Hunt has been Secretary Of State For Health since 2012 - over 5 years. In grading his performance, it is essential to examine the policies he has championed and progress he has made.

Before you read this, what grade would you give him?

Hunt’s policies

The Maynard Doctrine: The shrinking of the state: permanent or transitory?

Amidst Brexit and the plethora of Government initiatives following May's June General Election, there is ambiguity about whether (even if desired by voters) it is possible to roll back austerity and restore public services.

Is the smaller state desired by Cameron and Osborne and produced since 2010 here to stay?

Background

Editorial Thursday 25 May 2017: Jeremy Corbyn lies about the late Andrew Roth's reputation for accuracy

Publish Date/Time: 
05/25/2017 - 15:17

Regular readers will be aware that I am not a particularly big fan of chocolate teapot Labour 'leader' Jeremy Corbyn.

If any further proof were needed that Mr Corbyn is an weapons-grade arsehole and onanist, he furnished it with his mendacious comments in a recent interview with Sophy Ridge on Sky News.

Mr Corbyn's target was the late Andrew Roth, whose columns on health and politics I had the pleasure of editing in my tenure running the British Journal of Healthcare Management.

The Maynard Doctrine: NHS care - waltzing into an ebb-tide?

Health economist Professor Alan Maynard is far from convinced that things are working out well

The NHS is in crisis due to inadequate funding: a product of ideologically driven policy choices favouring a smaller public sector. The crisis is the familiar product of competing political parties and the famines and feasts in funding, often of biblical durations of seven years.