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Editor's blog 25th October 2008: Manufacturing consent - top ups OK'd

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10/25/2008 - 08:18

Good morning. After a very below-par performance at the NHS Alliance conference in Bournemouth, Health Secretary Alan Johnson is back closer to his normal good form in an interview in today's Telegraph.

Asked whether he has been invited onto billionaires' yachts, the MP for Hull West and Hessle jokes that no, the limit of his exposure to the high life on the ocean waves has been invitations abroad fishing trawers.

Editor's blog 22nd October 2008: finance and up-coding

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10/22/2008 - 07:10

A beautiful, crisp and clear good morning to you. Two quick pieces of note today: an excellent piece in The Independent reports on Norwich Union's investigating fraud in claims from clinicians.

One consultant gastroenerologist's private work saw £85,000 of fraudulent claims. Another particularly optimistic gynaecologist claimed for work done on pars of a patient's anatomy that had already been surgically excised.

Editor's blog 21st October 2008: the rationale for rationing

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10/21/2008 - 15:58

Good day to you. I was cut off mid-flow on day two of NHS Alliance conference coverage by various technical issues, but never fear: coverage will appear.

Editor's Blog 16th October 2008: NHS Alliance conference - day one

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10/16/2008 - 06:43

In Bournemouth for the NHS Alliance conference, hoping and expecting it will live up to its reputation for lively and outspoken debate. So this blog will update throughout the day.

We wake to the interesting policy context of the Annual Health Check.

2007-8 Annual Health Check – improving but mixed picture

Editor's Blog 14th October 2008: Yachting for health, and Michael Dixon outspoken

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10/15/2008 - 11:01

Hello. Today, we have a long and candid interview with NHS Alliance chair Dr Michael Dixon GP. The Alliance conference is always fun and lively, and this year in Bournemouth there promises to be plenty of meat for discussion.

The 'Hull PCT buys yacht' story will not have escaped your attention (). I had a bit of a moment when I saw the story.

Editor's Blog 12th October 2008: the repricing of NICE advice, and new Maynard Doctrine

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10/13/2008 - 08:19

Good morning. I hope this finds you well in our new socialist utopia.

What fun to own shares in banks! Presumably, this is sharing the proceeds of negative growth? Now, when do we start finding out about our year-end bonuses, and dropping heavy hints to the Revenue that we'll move abroad if they're not good enough?

Still, it has to be done.

Editor's blog 11th October 2008: first NHS trusts' Icelandic bank losses revealed

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10/12/2008 - 12:22

Sometimes, it isn't fun being right, but I did think the NHS was going to get hit by the Icelandic banking crisis.

We now know that two foundation trusts, the Christie cancer hospital in Manchester and Central and North-West London mental health trust, both banked reserves with Icelandic banks that are currently in administration.

Editor’s Blog 9th October 2008: A Ruhm thing – could recession be good for your health?

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10/10/2008 - 11:48

You may not yet have heard of Dr. Christopher Ruhm, Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. I suspect his work will receive wider attention very soon.

"When the economy tanks, people are healthier but they may not necessarily be happier"

Editor's blog 9th October 2008: many a true word ...

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10/09/2008 - 08:47

This prophecy thing is a bit worrying. I was being slightly tongue-in-cheek when I posted on Tuesday about the possibility of NHS institutions losing money in the Icelandic banking crash.

Well, the NHS is certainly going to be affected, because it looks as if local councils have taken a bath. This has obvious implications for social care, and joint working under the new joint strategic needs assessments.

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