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Editor’s blog Wednesday 26 August 2009: Back to work; the Kennedy threat to Obama health reform; and the party of the NHS

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08/26/2009 - 20:08

Perspective was one of the great additions in fine art painting. It involved the creation of the horizon line, which is often implicit. Where parallel lines are involved in a depiction, then one or more vanishing points are involved.

Why am I writing about perspective? Due partly the reflection from returning from a good holiday. One thing that a good holiday can provide is enough of a break from routine to give you a sense of perspective.

Editor's blog Monday 24 August: Back tomorrow

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08/24/2009 - 10:27

Hello. Hope you're well.

Holiday ends today, and to mark the bitter-sweet prospect of a return to the coalface, please find the latest instalment of The Maynard Doctrine, in which the good Professor looks at what the US could learn from UK efforts at healthcare reform.

See you tomorrow.

Editor’s blog Tuesday 10 August 2009: the Tory IT review hullabaloo, and more

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08/10/2009 - 22:46

Good evening. This is another dispatch from abroad. We are away to celebrate my birthday, so there will be intermittent bits and pieces, but less for the next ten days or so. I know you’ll cope.

Localising NHS IT: the Tory solution to the CFH dilemma
The Conservative Party’s independent review of the NHS IT programme is out, and what in interesting document it is.

Guest editorial Tuesday 10 August 2009: Blinding stupidity over Lucentis and Avastin in recessionary times

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08/10/2009 - 16:16

Professor Alan Maynard OBE, HPI's esteemed columnist, reflects on the blinding stupidity of currently prevalent NHS treatment of 'wet AMD'.

For several years, it has been known that there are alternative treatments for ‘wet’ age-related macular degeneration (AMD): Lucentis and Avastin. The former costs some £700 per dose; the later can be obtained for less than one-tenth of this high cost.

Editor's blog Tuesday 4 August 2009: Shock horror! Daily Mail discovers that GPs earn money

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08/04/2009 - 07:33

Whooppeee! That champion of socialist wages policies the Daily Mail has discovered that GPs can earn a lot of money for working out-of-hours.

Wow. This is investigative journalism of a high order of magnitude ... a mere four years or so after everybody else noticed this one.

Missing links

Editor's blog Monday 3 August 2009: The departure everybody WAS expecting: Bill Moyes confirms exit from Monitor

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08/03/2009 - 11:54

First, there was 'world-class commissioning' maestro Mark Britnell's departure, which few people apart from himself were expecting.

Then, there was Lord Darzi's departure: although DH officials knew of his irritations with the system, it was not as common knowledge that he was heading out the door as has sometimes been suggested subsequently, with the virtue of 20-20 hindsight.

Editor's blog Friday 31 July 2009: The DH 10 workstreams for the worst-case financial scenario

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07/31/2009 - 18:46

The DH has outlined ten 'workstreams' for addressing the worst-case scenario for the economy. At one level, this should not get us too excited; at another, it should get us very excited indeed.

The tremulous ten are:
1. Medicines - including the notion that 30% are not taken at all (or are taken by someone else)
2. Secondary care - beds, theatres, clinics, patient flow
3. Community services
4. Appropriate clinical care, decommissioning, demand management, etc
5. New models of care
6. The health-social care interface
7. Workforce and education
8. Back office procurement

Editor's blog Tuesday 28 July 2009: 'Black skies thinking', Casanova Cameron and some other bits and bobs

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07/28/2009 - 17:02

Good evening. I hope this finds you well and swine flu-free.

Swine flu. SWine flu. SWINE flu SWINE FLU SWINE FLU SWINE FLU OH MY GOD WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE, THEY'RE COMING TO GET US AND THERE WILL BE NOTHING LEFT ALIVE AFTER THE HOLOCAUST OF SWINE FLU EXCEPT FOR RATS AND PR MEN!

Editor's blog Wednesday 22 July 2009: It's the end of the world as we know it. Again.

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07/22/2009 - 05:53

Good morning. It's dark and raining here in Burgundy, schadenfreude-holiday types. Still, mustn't grumble: it's not in the commissioning plan.

Interesting news on the front page of FT.com this morning. Nick Timmins reports that the private sector has been asked to take over the management of Hitchingbrooke DGH on a franchise basis, with private operators and NHS foundation trusts "being invited to take on its running and financial risk".

Editor's blog Tuesday 21 July 2009: The confidence interval over NHS future funding and longevity

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07/21/2009 - 12:56

Good morning. New figures on the government's lower tax revenues reported in today's Indpependent set an unsurprising context for two recent reports.

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