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Editor's blog Thursday 9 July 2009: NHS Tayside's £3 million deal with Netcare - marring academic freedom, or talking Pollocks?

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07/09/2009 - 14:03

Not everybody likes Professor Allyson Pollock's analysis of the involvement of the commercial sector in the NHS. Professor Pollock is, to put it mildly, clearly no fan of a mixed economy or competition, and she would appear to fundamentally distrust and oppose the involvement of the commercial sector in the NHS under all circumstances.

Editor's blog Wednesday 8 July: health in recessions, and Alain Enthoven on US health reforms

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07/08/2009 - 17:38

Those of you with longer memories will recall that I wrote about US economist Dr Christopher Ruhm's work on the health impacts of recessions a while ago.

Professor Ruhm's findings have been validated by EU-wide analysis research published in The Lancet.

Editor's blog Wednesday 8 July: The Cable guy

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07/08/2009 - 09:14

Good morning to you. Today's post relates to heath policy tangentially, through the medium of economics; specifically, the government's announcement later today of its plans for the banking sector.

We have had to become a good deal more literate about the financial sector: the recession has semi-professionalised intelligent amateurs who care about public policy.

Mostly, it has been a very alarming experience to realise that the wealth creation of the past decade has been to a huge extent about leverage and securitisation.

Gambling, basically.

Editor's blog Tuesday 7 July 2009: Simon Stevens on commissioning; and the combustibility of quangos

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07/07/2009 - 11:28

Hello. Today we have a new interview with Simon Stevens, conducted at the recent NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool.

The noisier debate about NHS reform over recent years focused more on the practical effects of Stevens' thinking about the introduction of choice and contestability into the NHS.

Editor’s blog Monday 6 July 2009: Mail chauvinism; cats exiting bags; not-smart cards; and Bob Sang’s memorial

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07/06/2009 - 16:21

You may not yet understand the Mail newspaper’s secret mission.

You may have thought of it merely as a reactionary, anxiety-peddling, little-Englander middle-market tabloid full of comedy health scare stories; gaily juxtaposing finger-wagging features about eating disorders with a PR puff for the latest diet book and a bitchy column about celebrity cellulite; balancing the intermittent interesting bit of news with ‘did aliens build Stonehenge?’ features.

Editor’s blog Thursday 2 July 2009: Why Andrew Lansley won’t be the next health secretary

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07/02/2009 - 16:00

Hello. You will probably have already seen the row over Sally Gainsbury of Health Service Journal’s reporting of what Andrew Lansley said to her about workforce pay negotiations. She asked if he was happy with negotiations between the unions and NHS Employers beginning before the announcement of the next CSR.

Editor's blog Wednesday 1 July 2009: an interesting idea from Lord Darzi - budgets for clinical teams

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07/01/2009 - 19:03

Here is an interesting idea from Health Minister Lord Darzi, given to The Guardian today in an exclusive interview, about giving acute clinical teams control over their own budgets.

It's genuinely interesting. It could just be a means to real clinical engagement - or it could be a Machiavellian scheme to both stop their mouths with gold and to make them as complicit as a 'blame hound'.

Editor's blog Wednesday 1 July 2009: Obama's health reform chances get a comic boost

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07/01/2009 - 00:54

God, it's late. Or early. And just a bit hot.

But it's important to see that President Obama is now likely to have the 60 senate seats he needs to avoid Republican filibustering throttling his reforms.

Elsewhere on HPI, you should read the latest instalment of Maynard Doctrine, in which the good Professor looks at the choices facing a putative incoming Conservative administration.

Editor's blog Thursday 25 June 2009: Innovation, as seen from Burgundy

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06/25/2009 - 07:27

Good morning. This is being written from a break in rural France, where the weather has stopped doing the “I think it’s clearing up” thing and is doing the lovely summery sunshine thing. This is making me happy.

The latest Maynard Doctrine sees the irrepresssible Professor (who’d be silly enough to try to repress him?) get stuck into NICE rationing, and why more is needed in what David Nicholson refers to as “world-class decommissioning”.

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