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Editor’s blog 26th March 2009: On blame for Mid-Staffordshire, and the Second Horseman of the NHS Apocalypse

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03/26/2009 - 08:21

Good morning, and apologies for the short interruption in normal service. I have been “out in the field” (see Edge Of Darkness for an explanation).

Anyway, I am now back from the field, and I hope you are well. I am fine, thanks for asking.

Since my last post, there have been various helpings of new Maynard Doctrine on here, and a plethora of other events.

Editor’s blog 25th February 2009: Sad news, better news and drunken psychology

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02/25/2009 - 20:35

Good evening. The unavoidable and sad news of the death early this morning of Opposition Leader David Cameron’s son Ivan, aged 6, casts a long shadow over today’s NHS and political news.

The House of Commons was near to its best in the condolences, and it was impressive that even in his grief, Mr Cameron found time to convey his family’s message of thanks to all NHS staff who had helped care for Ivan in his life.

Editor's blog 16th February 2009: New Maynard Doctrine on doctors in management

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02/16/2009 - 15:44

Good afternoon, and I hope you had a good weekend. I will add something longer later on (probably much later on), but for now, have a look at the new instalment of The Maynard Doctrine: www.healthpolicyinsight.com/?q=node/264

It won't make every clinician happy, but there is a great deal of truth in Alan's observation that advocating for doctors to be more involved in NHS management is missing the point: they already are, or can be. The point is that the system is not currently working well in reducing unacceptable variations in care and outcomes.

Go read it now.

Editor's blog 12th February 2009: Discussing commissioning

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02/12/2009 - 14:26

Good afternoon. I hope this finds you well.

This morning, I went to the discussion event on strategic commissioning held by and at the Social Market Foundation (www.smf.co.uk). Thery are due to produce a report later in the year on this subject. The purpose of this event was to focus the topic and to share learning and experiences.

Dr. Simon Griffiths of the SMF outlined the policy context framing the question of how to improve strategic commissioning in the light of:
1. devolution of central control
2. personalisation
3. solid performance management
4. equity

Editor's blog 11th February 2009: Good science, Bad Science, stupidity and the MMR vaccine

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02/11/2009 - 18:13

Good evening. I'm sorry I have been around a bit less frequently of late (various bits and pieces happening off stage, where they shall remain). I just need to have a little say on a big issue.

Editor's blog 11th February 2009: RIP Sir George Godber

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02/11/2009 - 09:56

Good morning, on what is here, at least, a lovely, sunny day.

Today's Guardian brings the sad news of the death of former CMO Sir George Godber (www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/feb/11/sir-george-godber-obituary). Aged 100, he cannot be considered to have had a bad innings.

Editor's blog 5th February 2009: Matthew Swindells interview

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02/05/2009 - 18:14

Good evening, and happy new interest rate. Refinancing your PFI deals?

Today we have an exclusive interview with Matthew Swindells, who within a few years has gone from NHS manager to ministerial policy special adviser to MD of health for Tribal Group. In it, he is candid and frank, leaving no punches unpulled - and you can read it here: www.healthpolicyinsight.com/?q=node/259

Enjoy it. Matthew will also be coming on board as a new columnist for Health Policy Insight.

Editor's blog 3rd February 2009: Obama’s hopes on health Daschle’d

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02/03/2009 - 21:27

Good evening. I hope you're well and not coming down with a cold (which I am - a delayed reaction to the death of John Martyn. What with him and Patrick McGoohan going, it's not been a good couple of weeks for libertarian mavericks).

Obama’s hopes on health Daschle’d
With Tom Daschle’s withdrawal from the Presidential nomination for the health post in the new US administration, it seems that President Obama’s ability to walk on political water has hit thin ice. The best laid plans … see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7868303.stm

Editor's blog 2nd February 2009: Holding public finance to maturity - not marking it to market

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02/02/2009 - 18:07

Hello, and I hope the snow isn’t affecting you too adversely.

Today we have new Maynard Doctrine - www.healthpolicyinsight.com/?q=node/255 for you - please be warned, it is not optimistic at all.

Today we also have new Health Policy Today from Tom Smith - www.healthpolicyinsight.com/?q=node/256 - which is somewhat optimistic, and wide-ranging.

Editor's blog 28th January 2009: A quick one on cello scrotum, good news, length and debts and mixed sex

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01/28/2009 - 22:29

Hello. I hope you're well.

It’s all a bit hectic just now, so more considered pieces on the NHS Constitution and on the IT programme review and the AfC NAO report will - like the Number 19 bus - be along shortly.

So, as they say in the trade, this is just a quick one.

We start with some much-needed levity and good news. First up today is an admissions of wrongdoing, coming (topically enough) from the House of Lords on the serious subject of ‘cello scrotum’ - www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/338/jan27_4/b288?ijkey=a1e687b5aa7895143...

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