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Editorial Friday 30 April 2021: Who's next? Post-Stevensism, the Mencken Fallacy and the art of the impertinent question

Publish Date/Time: 
04/30/2021 - 09:20

Since yesterday's announcement of the abdication of The Sun King Of Skipton House, Sir Simon Stevens, a lot of people have rushed to ask 'who's next?'

Mmmmm. If not mmmmmmmm. As our classicist Prime Minister Boris Johnson might advise, 'festinare lente': more haste, less speed.

Editorial Thursday 29 April 2021: Sir Simon Stevens steps down as NHS Commissioning Board CE

Publish Date/Time: 
04/29/2021 - 13:01

It has been simultaneously an open secret, and a jealously guarded one (the date, that is, not the announcement).

This afternoon's news that Sir Simon Stevens will step down as NHS Commissioning Board chief executive gives the end date - the end of July 2021.

Sir Simon has been in post for seven years, which is a long time to do such a job. He is smart enough a man to know that you can stay too long in such roles, and it has not been a secret that he has been developing an exit strategy over the past two years.

'Taking back control'

Editorial Wednesday 31 March 2021: Why did Open Democracy misleadingly claim it won its Palantir court case against NHS England?

Publish Date/Time: 
03/31/2021 - 13:35

I'm a fan of the idea of crowdfunding, and of insurgent media organisations holding the powerful to account.

I am not, however, a fan of blatantly misleading people.

It's disappointing that the crowd-funded Open Democracy, which has had some important stories about the pandemic, is misleading its funders and readers in its report that it "won our lawsuit" over the NHS contract for using the Palantir software and tools.

This is, in fact, untrue. It is the opposite of the truth.

Editorial Friday 26 March 2021: From The Sun King to a mere Prince of Wales - NHS 'England' comms boss Simon Enright is off

Publish Date/Time: 
03/26/2021 - 12:46

Simon's off.

No, not that Simon: the other Simon.

The demotion from being director of communications for The Sun King Of Skipton House Sir Simon Stevens to working for a mere Prince of Wales is a tough fall from grace in the royal pecking order.

However, if anyone can manage it, then it's the affable and cheery Simon Enright, literally and metaphorically the outgoing director of communication for the NHS Commissioning Board.

He announced his exit to his fellow NHSCB staff in the letter below.

Editorial Thursday 25 March 2021: Weird Government: up-talking Matt and outsourcing accountability for TAT

Publish Date/Time: 
03/25/2021 - 14:22

My latest column for BMJ is here, and my latest for HSJ is here.

The People’s Partridge, Health But Social Care Secretary Matt ‘Alan’ Hancock had yet another lively week.

Editorial Wednesday 17 March 2021: Hancock's half-witted hopes to re-politicise top NHS appointments

Publish Date/Time: 
03/17/2021 - 10:27

There are only a limited number of new ideas in the world.

There are also only a certain number of good ideas in the world.

Yesterday, in the evidence given to the Commons Health Select Committee by The People's Partridge, Health But Social Care Secretary Matt 'Alan' Hancock, he revealed a few things, which I discussed yesterday.

Editorial Tuesday 16 March 2021: The Government's Covid19 blame game - pattern recognition and kitchen sink surrealism

Publish Date/Time: 
03/16/2021 - 16:46

'Kitchen sink realism' was the portmanteau term given to new British realist drama of the 1950s, launched with John Osborne's play 'Look Back In Anger' at the Royal Court.

These past few days' events have driven some pattern recognition about the Government's political strategy for addressing its poor handling of the Covid19 epidemic.

Editorial Thursday 11 March 2021: Health Minister Nadine Dorries to nurses: their husbands' pay/furlough makes 1% pay offer OK

Publish Date/Time: 
03/11/2021 - 11:57

There is a demarcation issue with this Government. They are trying to put satirists out of business.

Where's the Competition and Markets Authority when you need it, eh?

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