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Editor's blog 14th January 2009: Transform over content?

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01/14/2009 - 12:11

Good morning. You will probably already have seen the DH’s new Transforming community services: enabling new patterns of provision (www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPoli...), which emphasises “quality and enabling transformational change”.

Editor’s blog 13th January 2009: A right, righteous bollocking

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01/13/2009 - 16:14

Stop whatever you are doing now (yes, even reading something I write);
go here (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmselect/cmhealth/53/5...);
and download the House of Commons Health Select Committee’s NHS Next Stage Review report.

It is one of the best reviews of policy since the Committee’s work on MTAS / MMC.

Editor's blog 12th January 2009: Thoroughly modernising Milly

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01/13/2009 - 00:18

First of all, a warm welcome back to Tom Smith. Health Policy Today is back for its 2009 run, and can be found here.

And moving swiftly on to the news of a surprising return to front-line policy for former Health Secretary Alan Milburn.

” Modern politics, it seems to me, should be a two-way process where there is more dialogue and less monologue.”
Alan Milburn MP, on www.alanmilburn.co.uk

Guest blog 9th January 2009: Who is looking after the NHS brand?

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01/09/2009 - 18:20

It’s great that primary care trusts have been busy rebranding. My local PCT has now become NHS Suffolk, which is slightly more likely to mean something to people.

Let’s face it, the concept of a primary care trust didn’t. Few outside the NHS can explain the difference between primary and secondary care. If you don’t believe me, the next time you are on a bus or train, ask the person nearest you whether a brain surgeon works in primary or secondary care.

World-class commissioning, or emplying the bins?

Editor's blog 9th January 2009: The shock of the familiar, and a welcome guest

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01/09/2009 - 18:07

The policy points of the day are both sadly familiar ones. Firstly, the Conservatives have availed themselves of the open goal of mixed-sex wards (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7814460.stm).

On mixed sex wards, BBC News report that the Tories' FOI requests found that of 132 responding hospitals, 15% still used at least one open-plan, mixed-sex ward, and others had curtains dividing the sexes (despite DH advice that solid full-height partitions should be used).

When we dead aWakefield (obscure Ibsen pun)

Editor's blog 8th January 2009: Answering the 2009 GP patient survey

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01/08/2009 - 11:34

On the day when it was revealed that BMA Chair of Council Dr Hamish Meldrum has got into media embarrassment over his practice's involvement in a polyclinic (see www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jan/08/hamish-meldrum-response), I got a special-looking letter.

Awesome! I've been asked personally by Health Minister Ben Bradshaw to give my views on local NHS services. Me and a few others, probably. Let's take this together, dear readers.

Editor’s blog 7th January 2009: How many CSEs have you got?

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01/07/2009 - 21:10

As a pint-downing weathergirl and a Tory topless model prepare to fight it out for the voting sub-section (i.e. the really dim bit) of the TV viewing public’s attention in Celebrity Big Brother, the possibility of a public vote improving anything other than a TV company’s profitability may seem remote.

Yet an interesting piece on the BBC News politics section today looked afresh at the legacy of John Major's 'cones hotline' (news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7772818.stm). It is a longer legacy than you might imagine.

Editorial 6th January 2009: To err is human; to forgive, incarnadine

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01/06/2009 - 19:36

It’s a slow start to the year policy-wise, which made the Liberal Democrats’ FOI of the figures from the National Patient Safety Agency the major point worthy of comment of the day.

The first thing to say is that the increase over the previous two years’ figures is almost certainly correctly being ascribed to increased reporting of incidents.

Editorial 5th January 2009: Love in a cold climate

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01/05/2009 - 20:17

Hello, and welcome back to Health Policy Insight in 2009.

It would seem that the gift of prophecy has not yet deserted me (www.healthpolicyinsight.com/?q=node/234), and the sundry winter bugs did not make the NHS fall over in any meaningful way. That said, most workplaces only go back today and schools tomorrow, so be warned, chaps: this weekend could be quite lively.

Editor's blog 24th December 2008: Happy Christmas

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12/24/2008 - 09:25

The Health Policy Insight team will now be aiming to take a break until the New Year - although it very much depends how the flu crisis pans out.

In anticipation that the NHS will cope on the whole well (as on the whole it does), we would like to wish all our readers a very happy Christmas, and all good wishes for 2009.

Andy Cowper
EDITOR, HEALTH POLICY INSIGHT

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