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Editorial Tuesday 13 October 2015: Versailles, here we come; Sun King Simon Stevens is in charge

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10/13/2015 - 16:11

The current NHS landscape, polar ice sheets and tall buildings all have one thing in common. When they start to collapse, they seem to move at first slowly; then massively and fast.

Simon Stevens' speech to the Kings Fund's Integrating Care conference this morning confirmed the completion of what HPI identified as a longstanding shift in the Conservatives offshoring political power over the health service.

Editorial Monday 12 October 2015: In character as Ralph from 'The Fast Show', Ben Gummer refutes an un-made allegation

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10/12/2015 - 15:46

Health Policy Insight has long had a a soft spot for junior health ministers in what passes for our hearts.

The greatest was of course the legendary Sir Simon Burns.

Editorial Friday 9 October 2015: NHS in 'on course for widely predicted £2 billion overspend' shock

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10/09/2015 - 13:03

Whoever could have predicted it? Data just released by Monitor (in great detail) and the TDA (in scant detail) show the NHS provider sector is on the widely-predicted course to at least a £2 billion deficit for 2015-16.

In other exclusive news, bears shit in the woods.

Editorial Thursday 8 October 2015: Toilets, party conferences, the memory of candour and not being TITs about busting the DEL

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10/08/2015 - 21:00

This latest dispatch from the health policy trenches begins with news of Jeremy Hunt in the toilet.

Literally.

It is a Virgin toilet, as we would expect for a Very Important Secretary Of State. However, this is a Virgin toilet in a Virgin Train to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

Editorial Friday 2 October: What Sir David Nicholson said in his NHS Providers Annual Lecture (and what he may have meant)

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10/02/2015 - 17:38

The former NHS Comrade-In-Chief Sir David Nicholson gave the second NHS Providers Annual Lecture a few weeks ago.

It was a thoughtful, amusing and insightful presentation, expanding on some themes from his July seminar on what the Government should do about NHS finances, and introducing others anew.

In the interests of mischief, here are some key lines from his lecture, and what they might mean translated.

Editorial Wednesday 9 September 2015: Jeremy Hunt goes Full Stevens with bid to abolish/universalise FT status

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09/09/2015 - 08:52

I have previously mentioned that NHS England Sun King Simon Stevens has a way with legislation that doesn't suit his strategy: he simply ignores the shit out of it, in the sure and certain faith that he won't be challenged.

The traumatic legacy of the 2012 legislation is such that PM David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne want to re-onshore health policy from Simon as much as they want a return to recession.

Editorial Thursday 14 August 2015: Journey To The Foot Of Our Stairs - on the Tories' offshoring health policy to Simon Stevens

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08/13/2015 - 20:55

If it hasn't been done already, the socio-cultural impact of classic phrases from Lancashire is undoubtedly a PhD thesis waiting to happen.

Lancastrians are a withering lot, which presumably you need to be if you're going to fight people from Yorkshire about flowers.

Editorial Wednesday 5 August 2015: Catching up - 'when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro'

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08/05/2015 - 11:58

It's been an interesting few weeks in health policy. A lot of things that have happened have been even less reasonable than usual.

In fact, it has gotten downright weird. In the words of the late Dr Hunter S Thompson, "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro".

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens interview - August 2015

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08/04/2015 - 15:41

Interview by Andy Cowper

Health Policy Insight: How are the new Vanguards doing?

Simon Stevens: The selection for the first crop of PACS/MCP Vanguards was only four months ago, and the ones chosen were not by any means all the usual suspects; nor were they in parts of the country universally deemed to be 'doing well'.

Editorial Thursday 30 July 2015: Sir David Nicholson 'Is the Government still ignoring the NHS's financial problem?'

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07/30/2015 - 20:09

Transcript of Sir David Nicholson seminar, Civitas 20 July 2015 'Is the Government still ignoring the NHS's finance problem?'

The term 'The Nicholson Challenge' was health select committee chair Stephen Dorrell putting a target on my back. Recently, George Osborne called the Five-Year Forward View (5YFV) 'The Stevens Plan'. Simon will have noticed ...

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