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Editor's blog 10th November 2008: high-quality healthcare for all children in Birmingham?

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11/10/2008 - 13:42

Good day to you. Very rainy here.

But never mind - we have a bracing new dose of The Maynard Doctrine for your pleasure.

Maynard's discussion of clinical variations and quality issues could not be more timely with yesterday's cover feature in The Observer on a report about serious clinical problems at Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Editor's blog 7th November 2008: new Commissioning Health, Labour win Glenrothes and reporting inequalities

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11/07/2008 - 08:30

Good morning, and welcome to the weekend's welcome approach.

First today, the new Autumn-Winter issue of Commissioning Health is now online at www.commissioninghealth.com

I hope you'll enjoy it (and indeed the previous three issues, also archived there. With support from Bupa and NHS Alliance, Commissioning Health aims to promote thought and debate about how - and indeed whether - commissioning is developing in the UK.

Editor's blog 6th November 2008: extend your way out of recession via US healthcare insurance coverage?

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11/06/2008 - 09:45

Good morning. So how big do you think mid-day's interest rate cut will be? The full 1%?

This morning’s Guardian brings us an interesting suggestion that President-elect Obama should give tax credits to employers who provide or extend health insurance coverage for their workers at around $3,000 per worker per year.

Editor's blog 5th November 2008: Barack Hussein Obama new President-Elect for USA

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11/05/2008 - 06:54

Well, it currently looks as if the Republicans may retain the filibuster in Senate (which can be used to block the Democrat Congress's legislation), but I would say that much-needed healthcare reform is gonna come (as discussed by Tom Smith here).

The reaction of investors in the US healthcare industry will be interesting.

And speaking of change, here's a song for you to enjoy today.

Editor's blog 4th November 2008: Top-ups announced - and debt shall have no dominion

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11/04/2008 - 10:31

Today, the Government will announce its decision in response to cancer czar Professor Mike Richards' review of the current policy of 'topping-up' NHS care. Which is that it is - officially - forbidden. Despite the frequent use of workaround solutions such as Healthcare At Home (www.healthcare-at-home.co.uk), or other strategies used by clinicians who do not support the existing policy.

You may remember various pieces of coverage we have previously done on the issue:

Editor's blog 31st October 2008: Happy Halloween

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10/31/2008 - 12:28

Hi there. In a big hurry today, and furthermore it's Friday, so after making one brief point, I will simply nick a few links to other people's good work that might give you a bit of weekend cheer.

Editor's blog 30th October 2008: farewell to Ellie Scrivens and success with CBT

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10/29/2008 - 17:54

Good morning. First today comes the sad news of the death of health policy researcher Professor Ellie Scrivens at the desperately early age of 54 - The Guardian carries an excellent obituary.

Professor Scrivens' work on the need for external regulation has had lasting impact. It would be a great tribute to her career if the Care Quality Commission were to institute an annual award in her name- - perhaps one to celebrate sustained improvement.

Editor's blog 29th October 2008: a galling error for Lord Darzi's hospital team

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10/29/2008 - 12:38

Hello, and welcome to Wednesday. HPI associate director Tom Smith has spotted a beauty of a story about a somewhat ill-attended Darzi session by a PCT.

Indeed, there seems to be no stopping Tom today, as he has also posted a very strong piece on the constrasting healthcare policy plans of the US Presidential candidates.

Editor's blog 28th October 2008: GMC guidance on referral incentives?

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10/28/2008 - 12:47

Good day to you.

A quick browse of The Economist's poll on whom global Economist readers around the world would like to be next president of the USA has found cold comfort for the Grand Old Party's candidates Senator John McCain and his deputy governor Sarah Palin. The McCain / Palin ticket is ahead in just six countries: in five of these - Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Macedonia and Sudan - they have a lead over Democrat cadidate senator Barrack Obama and his deputy Senator Joseph Biden. And in which nation do the Republicans have a 'strong' lead?

Editor's blog 27th October 2008: Healthcare tourism, or getting it right at home?

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10/27/2008 - 08:57

God morning - I hope this finds you well.

The eagle-eyed Tom Smith has spotted and written about the UK's self-styled 'first medical tourism show'.

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