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Financial pressures continue – Health Policy Today, 13th August 2008

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08/13/2008 - 18:00

Tom Smith on three health policy stories today, all adding to a sense of increasing financial pressure.

The politics of social resources - Health Policy Today, 12th August 2008

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08/12/2008 - 17:50

If the weather isn’t hot this summer, the politics certainly are - with the forecast for it to get warmer yet.

Editor’s blog 7th August 2008: P4 / 2P = pay to play?

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08/07/2008 - 19:28

The curse of the TLA (three-letter acronym) is a heavy shadow hanging over the wonderful world of the NHS. In particular, dual definitions can be fun.

Pressure on government health policy continues - Health Policy Today, 6 August 2008

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08/06/2008 - 16:54

Tom Smith on a Smorgasbord of health policy issues debated today.

Editor's blog 5th August 2008: loving an elevator?

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08/05/2008 - 22:09

Evening, all. You will find Tom Smith's latest Health Policy Today now online, reflecting on the policy and political misunderstandings of the book Nudge. No, I haven't read it yet and so am not going to opine about this. (Tom has, though).

Instead, just a quick reflection that in the spirit of the World-Class Commissioning team's alterations to FESC procurements, taking the process down to less than two months, the DH has announced a similar initiative for Local Improvement Finance Trusts (LIFTs) - the PFI of primary care.

Shoving and doing nothing on child obesity (masquerading as nudging) – Health Policy Today, 5th August 2008

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08/05/2008 - 22:30

Tom Smith on plans to tell parents the weight of their 4 and 10 year old children, and on the continuing mislabelling of 'nudge' theory inspiring British social policy.

Editor's blog 4th August 2008: Localism - easy to mouthe, but hard to swallow

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08/04/2008 - 16:58

Good evening.

Today we have new Maynard Doctrine, looking at the issue of variation in nursing practice; and Health Policy Today, which notes the story in the Daily Telegraph that Conservative Freedom Of Information requests have found that 1/3 of PCTs are not intending to consult with their community.

Health policy battleships: the Conservatives miss, and then hit – Health Policy Today, 4th August 2008

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08/04/2008 - 17:00

Two health policy stories stand out this weekend. Both relate to information uncovered by Conservatives under the FOI Act and, like a game of battleships, one hits and the other misses.

Miss: claims the government is lying over copayments

The Maynard Doctrine: Darzi and nursing - time to tackle this time bomb?

The Darzi report rightly extols the virtue of outcome measurement, and reiterates yet again the problem of clinical practice variations. However its focus is primarily clinical, where clinical is defined as doctors getting involved in systematic comparative review of practice and subsequently getting their act together.

The largest workforce in the NHS is nursing. Nursing costs typically make up thirty-five per cent of hospitals expenditure and with growing employment in primary care, nurses are also an increasing cost there.

Editor's blog 31 July 2008: The curse of the drinking classes

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07/31/2008 - 20:50

Oscar Wilde inverted the well-known Temperance Movement slogan to produce his formulation that "work is the curse of the drinking classes" - which is to say that workload has rather got in the way of recent updates to the site. Apologies if you've been franticaly hitting refresh and waiting for us. We are back.

However, please note that the near-daily updates may be a bit more sporadic during August, for obvious reasons.