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Editor's blog 24 June 2008: More leadership, less management

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06/24/2008 - 13:09

Why it’s time for front-line leaders to hijack the moment and get involved in NHS reforms

Andy Cowper is the editor of Health Policy Insight (

The waiting for Lord Darzi’s review of the NHS is almost over. Speculation has grown and hints have been dropped.

Now all strategic health authorities have published their local Darzi plans, and the big picture is due at the start of next week. Call me a cynic, but some of it might conceivably be leaked to the weekend newspapers …

Editorial Wednesday 5 June 2013: On Andy Cowper's conflicts of interest

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06/05/2013 - 10:25

I've been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks, and had no time to do so.

It's about my conflicts of interest, real or perceived, with clients for whom I work.

This stuff matters in other fields, so it also matters in mine.

In the past, I've tried to do this proactively when relevant, as with the ongoing projects I did for NHS Alliance. Those have all now finished, so who knows, I might even start writing about their stuff again ...

My current paid commitments are as follows.

Andy Cowper - conflicts of interest

Editorial Wednesday 6 February 2013: PM David Cameron's statement in response to The Francis Public Inquiry Report

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02/06/2013 - 14:20

From the Number 10 website.


Click here for details of 'Francis is coming. Look busy!', the new issue of subscription-based Health Policy Intelligence.


Today Robert Francis has published the report of the Public Inquiry into The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Editor’s blog Wednesday 8 September 2010: The Wednesday WTF Award - inaugural tie

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09/08/2010 - 20:33

Here we go - a new feature, the Wednesday What The Flugelhorn (WTF) Award. The WTF Award will henceforth grace HPI every Wednesday, apart from those when it doesn't.

This week's primii inter pares give us a joint winner - a splendid pair:

This story from The Independent on morning sickness cures, which apparently don't work, you'll be amazed to hear.

No, really.

Editor’s blog Thursday 27 May 2010: The baker's double-dozen: 26 policy questions for Health Secretary Andrew Lansley

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05/27/2010 - 08:00

With acknowldgement to HSJ editor Alastair McLellan for the inspiration (i.e. I nicked his concept), here are a list of what I currently think are the top 26 health policy questions for Secretary of State For Health Andrew Lansley CBE MP.

1. Will GP commissioners or consortia have hard budgets?

Editor's blog Wednesday 3 March 2010: Loose journalism, the Virgin hokey-cokey, and the late Co-operation and Competition Panel

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03/03/2010 - 19:51

Hello. Now as I pointed out yesterday, this article in The Guardian is a bit silly (though not as silly as the rip-off of it in the Beast, which confuses PCTs with hospitals. Doh!).

9th February 2009: Guest editorial - Matthew Swindells on the recession and the NHS

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02/09/2009 - 13:31

Professor Matthew Swindells follows his recent interview for HPI with a column looking at recessionary economics for the NHS.

The recession and the NHS

by Professor Matthew Swindells, managing director, health, Tribal group PLC

It is now clear to the NHS that life is going to get very difficult in the foreseeable future. It is just as clear that, unusually, it has warning of the choppy waters ahead and time to do something about it.

Matthew Swindells - The recession and the NHS

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02/07/2009 - 13:30

by Professor Matthew Swindells, managing director, health, Tribal Group PLC

It is now clear to the NHS that life is going to get very difficult in the foreseeable future. It is just as clear that, unusually, it has warning of the choppy waters ahead and time to do something about it.

The recession in the NHS will be delayed. A generous settlement has been given for the next two years – 5.5% for PCTs and (whilst tighter than they have become used to), real increases in the tariff for hospitals.

The financial cycle

Does the appointment of Tom Daschle as health secretary points to a NICER USA? Health Policy Today, 25th November 2008

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11/26/2008 - 19:09

Barack Obama’s cabinet is taking shape, with many predicting that Hilary Clinton will be appointed as Secretary of State this week. The health appointment was made on Friday when Tom Daschle was officially confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary. Rare amongst health secretaries, Daschle has written a book on health care reform, published earlier this year.