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Editor's blog 16th September 2008: Lord Carter, chair of NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel

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09/16/2008 - 13:16

So what's new today? Apart from the downfall of free market capitalism and the end of the world as we know it? And no, I don't feel fine, I've got a slight ache in my wrist.

Well, I thought it would be good to find out a bit about the background of Patrick Carter - Lord Carter of Coles, the inaugural chair of the new NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel. So I did, and you can read it here.

Editor's blog 15th September 2008: Tax breaks for health?

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09/15/2008 - 15:22

Welcome to another fine week in health policy. Don't mention the imminent implosion of free-market capitalism.

The new Maynard Doctrine is now online, in which Alan Maynard suggests that there may be a thing or two wrong with drug pricing and with the relationship between 'the industry' and medical education.

Scandalous thinking!

Elsewhere today, you will find a new feature about the Lib Dems' health policy at their party conference.

Editor's blog 11 September 2008: An impressive debate starts the rationing ball rolling

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09/11/2008 - 13:10

by Andy Cowper, editor, Health Policy Insight

You know the old joke about mergers – ‘a merger is like two porcupines making love – it should be done carefully and slowly’?

Editor's blog 10th September 2008: Telegram Cam signals Tory policy shift

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09/10/2008 - 12:12

Telegram Cam: Conservative leader's unambiguous signal of new Tory health policy

by Andy Cowper, editor, Health Policy Insight

Sunday is a 'good-bad' day for newspapers. The main political parties are all keen to use the Sundays to set the week's policy and political agenda.

Editor's blog 9th September 2008: new feature on Reform and Kings Fund papers

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09/09/2008 - 17:42

Have you finished building your ark yet? Global warming, my eye.

Just posted a new feature on the latest reports from Reform and the Kings Fund, which are respectively very flawed and very fascinating.

Insurance is back in vogue ...

Editor's blog 1st September: Stumbling into topping up

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09/01/2008 - 17:02

Hello again. The past couple of weeks have been insanely busy with other work, hence my temporary absence from the parish. The estimable Tom Smith has been holding the fort with aplomb and putting my absence to shame. Thank you, Tom.

Editor's blog (2) 18th August 2008: money for nothing to the Ritalin generation

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08/18/2008 - 22:24

Oh. For. Fuck’s. Sake.

I have just wasted half an hour of my life that I’m never going to get back again, watching the BBC Panorama programme on drug access and NICE.

Now 30 minutes is far too short a time to even attempt a serious programme about healthcare rationing if you’re clever and thoughtful (even though the BBC evidently believe that the attention deficit disorder generation, weaned on Ritalin and fast edits, can bear no more), so a serious programme is what we didn’t get.

Editor's blog 18th August - Rawlins and Dillon show attack is the best form of defence

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08/18/2008 - 12:57

While blogging last night, I didn't yet know that NICE chair Professor Sir Michael Rawlins would be writing a piece for the Health Service Journal website today, and merely went from what was in The Observer's interview / feature.

Editor's blog 17th August 2008: Rawlins bites back

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08/17/2008 - 20:23

Hello again, after another unwanted and unexpected workload-enforced interregnum of absence. What a lot of medals Team GB have got. It's great! There may be hope for the obesity crisis yet if this turns sport and exercise back to something we as a nation do rather than something we just watch (with all the associated pornographic connotations).

Editor’s blog 7th August 2008: P4 / 2P = pay to play?

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08/07/2008 - 19:28

The curse of the TLA (three-letter acronym) is a heavy shadow hanging over the wonderful world of the NHS. In particular, dual definitions can be fun.

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