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Editor's blog 5 June 2009: the end of the pier for Gordon Brown

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06/05/2009 - 07:58

Health Policy Insight associate director Tom Smith has written an entertaining and insightful essay about Labour's leadership crisis on his fine new blog. I recommend it to you strongly.

Editor's blog 4 June 2009: 'Johnsonism' and a post-Brown health policy

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06/04/2009 - 04:22

Gordon Brown's future as Prime Minister hangs on three things: Labour's fate in the council and European elections; the reshuffle he will attempt; and the attitude of Alan Johnson.

Editor's blog 3 June 2009: Welcome back, NHS Modernisation Agency. Say no to dogmatic fetishes!

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06/03/2009 - 12:23

It's a circular world. What goes around, comes around.

In an intriguing piece in Health Service Journal, NHS head honcho David Nicholson shakes off his reputation as a centraliser by promising to reinvent the top-down, 'doing change to the service' approach. Basically, Nicholson is going to reinvent the NHS Modernisation Agency (abolished in 2005) on a regional basis.

Editor's blog 3 June 2009: Expensesgate and the price of a Monitor

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06/03/2009 - 08:51

I missed the story in The Sunday Times about Monitor's executive chair Bill Moyes' expenses. There was much to miss.

Editor's blog 3 June 2009: A little catch-up: surgical sexism, pots calling kettles black and Darzi and poetry

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06/03/2009 - 07:19

Good morning to you. Time is not my friend today, so this will be by way of a short catch-up.

Item! I am no longer acting press officer for NHS Alliance. The real press officer returned to work yesterday (welcome back Ana), and so both you, dear reader, and I can lose any concern about me using this as a mouthpiece for a client. I hope we both know I wouldn't, but you've got to be open about these matters. Ask MPs.

Surgical sexism

Editor's blog 29 May 2009: Gallic shroud-waving over Loi Bachelet, and John Appleby

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05/29/2009 - 09:41

Posting twice in one day? I am spoiling you, Ambassador ...

However, this piece in the Staggers caught my eye irresistably. I don't think I have chuntered on yet about the Loi Bachelet, which basically proposes that managers will decide what care hospitals deliver.

Editor's blog 29 May 2009: It's a CDE thing

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05/29/2009 - 07:17

Good morning and happy Friday to you. The sun is shining. Hurrah.

Fingers crossed, from the middle of next week a more normal service will be resumed here, as I will have finished a book on the NHS (touch wood), and finished being the acting press officer for NHS Alliance. Both are interesting challenges.

The art of management books - for such we must call it, as there's certainly no science - is to suggest that success and wealth are as easy as ABC, if you'll just do it the way Jack Welsh / Jim Collins /Tom Friedman / insert guru of choice here, tell you to.

Editor's blog 26 May 2009: How bad is bad?

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05/26/2009 - 21:36

Good evening to you.

Just a brief alert to the arrival of a new and prophetic Maynard Doctrine column here tonight.

There has been no briefing to Professor Maynard (you will probably be aware that trying to brief such a man is unlikely to benefit anybody). This excellent analysis arrived in the editorial inbox unbriefed and unheralded.

But it chimes with what we have been suggesting here for some time: that economically, things are much, much, much less rosy for the NHS than many are still assuming.

Editor's blog 22 May 2009: A brief digression

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05/22/2009 - 20:18

The sun has finally set on a good day. I have had a good day, good sleep, a glass or two of good Chablis, a good barbecued dinner.

Sometimes, you just need a good day to remind you what they feel like.

Today was a good day.

Editor's blog 20 May 2009: Catching the buzz about living in deciduous times

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05/20/2009 - 21:30

Good evening. Another unexpected leave of absence ends - or was it absent without leave? It's so hard to tell these days.

Anyway, you have had fresh Maynard Doctrine, revealing the Conservative Party's modest proposals on public spending for their inexorable-looking arrival on the preferable side of the Mace next summer. And you are not the complaining types: I know you.

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