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Editor's blog 26 April 2009: Who wants to be a millionaire, NHS-style?

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04/27/2009 - 18:34

No, this is not going to be about redundancy pay-offs for sacked chief executives. What were you thinking?

No, this is going to be about Lord Darzi's 'Innovation for a Healthier Future' scheme, announced today. £220 million is to be made available across the ten SHAs over the next five years to encourage innovation. The National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and the Young Foundation will work as advisers to the SHAs.

Editor's blog 23 April 2009: Happy Birthday, Mr Roth

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04/23/2009 - 16:46

On my way home from a wonderful lunch in honour of Andrew Roth, author of Parliamentary Profiles and Westminster Confidential. Today is Andrew's 90th birthday, and despite an eight-year working partnership on mty old stomping ground of British Journal of Healthcare Management, our first meeting.

The word 'legend' is much over-used, but it's not about him. Thank you Andrew, and a very Happy Birthday.

Editor's blog 23 April 2009: Leading from the front, or from well behind the lines?

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04/23/2009 - 09:21

Leadership is one of those qualities that are hard to analyse. It is hard to define but very easy to feel.

Leadership is so often conceptualised in military terms. Put simply, you couldn’t run an army without severely hierarchical command-and-control structures, where deference to authority is beaten into trainees hard. People know and are well-trained in their jobs, and know who will be making the decisions.

Editor's blog 22 April 2009: Budget airline politics, or business-class planning?

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04/22/2009 - 11:33

”We will protect our investment in schools and hospitals” – Chancellor Alastair Darling

Good afternoon. I have again been away - apologies if you missed me. I have missed me too.

Editor's blog 7th April 2009: Markets, economics and healthcare

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04/07/2009 - 22:11

Good evening - a very quick one, to alert you to the arrival of fresh Maynard Doctrine, and to promise you something on Channel 4's The Hospital tomorrow. Once I feel a bit less demoralised by it.

Editor's blog 1st April 2009: Not The NHS News - The meaning of March

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04/01/2009 - 08:26

Hello, and what a nice day. And welcome if you've come from OnMedica, with whom I will be sharing a 'review of the month' feature on an ongoing basis. Look around and enjoy yourselves. Let us know what you think - editorial@healthpolicyinsight.com

There are a couple of good April Fool Stories over at the excellent E Health Media. But below is my review of March 2009.

Editor's blog 29th March 2009: Bosanquet's six steps to reform

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03/29/2009 - 22:07

In contrast to Saturday's Gerry Robinson-fest, the Telegraph today managed to do quite a lot better by getting Professor Nick Bosanquet of Imperial and Reform, to give a much more reasoned critique.

Nick suggests six reforms, which are:
1. clarify NHS spending much better - ensure all NHS organisations, and particularly commissioning bodies (which as of 2010 will be all PCTs will remain)

Editor's blog 28th March 2009: Gerry Robinson spilled my pint

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03/28/2009 - 14:55

Oh ... for fuck's sake.

Really.

For. Fuck's. Sake.

Sigh. There I was this morning, browsing the day's news, and the Daily Telegraph chose to piss on the chips of my day, with an opinion piece for zombie for self-love Gerry Robinson, once again telling us how to fix the NHS. Because it really worked brilliantly the last couple of times.

Editor's blog 27th March 2009: DH unclear over how many GP practices still don't have indicative PBC budgets

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03/27/2009 - 17:28

Hello. A fairly brief one today - the FT has some very thoughtful features on health, which are well worth a read.

Editor's blog 26th March 2009: Simon Stevens on US-UK lessons, Kings Fund

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03/26/2009 - 16:30

Kings Fund seminar: Obama’s healthcare challenge - what can the UK and the US learn from each other?

Introducing the debate and speakers Simon Stevens and Chris Ham, Kings Fund chief executive Niall Dixon noted the appropriate venue name – the Burdett Room, named for the reformer who introduced benchmarking of hospital performance in the 19th century.

Simon Stevens, UnitedHealth
Why should the UK care about US healthcare system when there’s so much wrong and needing to change? Because:

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