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Editor's blog Monday 20 July 2009: Rewriting history

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07/20/2009 - 08:33

Good morning from abroad. There is likely to be less frequent posting this week because I am on holiday, but one story in today's Guardian mea culpa piece by and with Damian McBride needs a bit of attention.

Editor's blog Thursday 15 July 2009: Daft assertions on the NHS and HCAIs from a silly Kealey

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07/16/2009 - 06:28

Good morning. Terence Kealey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham (the UK’s only independent degree-awarding institution, where Karol Sikora is Dean of Medicine), writes in today’s Times about research that may lead to the development of specific antibiotics that could work effectively on MRSA and C Dificil.

Editor's blog Wednesday 14 July 2009: Public spending cuts ahoy, confirms Baron Foy, in 'Pope a Catholic' shock

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07/15/2009 - 07:10

Hurrah! Baron Mandelson of Foy has confirmed that public spending is going to have to be reduced.

Expect an announcement later today from the Prime Minister revealing cutting-edge research conclusions that bears do indeed shit in the woods.

Editor's blog Tuesday 13 July 2009: Darzi's departure - a Judas GOAT of clinical engagement?

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07/14/2009 - 21:10

So it has been confirmed that the good Lord Darzi is off up the road. Normally, ministers get 'kicked upstairs' to the Lords, but that was not really an option in Professor the Lord Ara Warkes Darzi of Denham's case.

The story was accurately called this afternoon by Sally Gainsbury of Health Service Journal.

Editor's blog Tuesday 13 July 2009: The £12,000 lottery ticket for social care; and the open-closedness of government

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07/14/2009 - 10:34

Good morning. The green paper on funding social care provision should be out shortly. What has been trailed in the press is that a figure of £12,000 per person will be proposed as an insurance payment against requiring full-time social care in old age, which will replace the current asset threshold of £23,500 before social care can be provided free (not to mention the eligibility criteria threshold lottery, which makes postcode prescribing look like a minor squabble).

The £12,000 may be paid up-front in lump; in stages; or deducted from any estate remaining after death.

Editor's blog Monday 12 July 2009: First NHS fatality connected to swine flu; and the NICE over-ride

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07/13/2009 - 14:10

The NHS has suffered its first swine flu fatality. Dr Michael Day, a GP in Bedfordshire, died in Luton Hospital this weekend. Though he tested positive for swine flu, it is not clear that the virus was the cause of his death. Nevertheless, after the first fatality with no underlying pathology, these will be nervous times for all NHS staff, and their family and friends.

Editor's blog Friday 10 July 2009: NHS IT - intruding on private grief

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07/10/2009 - 04:59

Writing about the NHS IT project feels a bit like beating a two-year-old at chess: it's easy to make yourself look clever, but only in an unreasonable context.

Editor's blog Thursday 9 July 2009: WTF? Killing the wasp that stings you ...

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07/09/2009 - 22:12

This is a first: never before, outside of conference season, have I posted four times in one day.

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