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The Editor's daily blog, by Andy Cowper

Editorial Tuesday 13 October 2015: Versailles, here we come; Sun King Simon Stevens is in charge

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10/13/2015 - 16:11

The current NHS landscape, polar ice sheets and tall buildings all have one thing in common. When they start to collapse, they seem to move at first slowly; then massively and fast.

Simon Stevens' speech to the Kings Fund's Integrating Care conference this morning confirmed the completion of what HPI identified as a longstanding shift in the Conservatives offshoring political power over the health service.

Editorial Friday 9 October 2015: NHS in 'on course for widely predicted £2 billion overspend' shock

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10/09/2015 - 13:03

Whoever could have predicted it? Data just released by Monitor (in great detail) and the TDA (in scant detail) show the NHS provider sector is on the widely-predicted course to at least a £2 billion deficit for 2015-16.

In other exclusive news, bears shit in the woods.

Editorial Friday 2 October: What Sir David Nicholson said in his NHS Providers Annual Lecture (and what he may have meant)

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10/02/2015 - 17:38

The former NHS Comrade-In-Chief Sir David Nicholson gave the second NHS Providers Annual Lecture a few weeks ago.

It was a thoughtful, amusing and insightful presentation, expanding on some themes from his July seminar on what the Government should do about NHS finances, and introducing others anew.

In the interests of mischief, here are some key lines from his lecture, and what they might mean translated.

Editorial Monday 12 October 2015: In character as Ralph from 'The Fast Show', Ben Gummer refutes an un-made allegation

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10/12/2015 - 15:46

Health Policy Insight has long had a a soft spot for junior health ministers in what passes for our hearts.

The greatest was of course the legendary Sir Simon Burns.

Editorial Thursday 8 October 2015: Toilets, party conferences, the memory of candour and not being TITs about busting the DEL

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10/08/2015 - 21:00

This latest dispatch from the health policy trenches begins with news of Jeremy Hunt in the toilet.


It is a Virgin toilet, as we would expect for a Very Important Secretary Of State. However, this is a Virgin toilet in a Virgin Train to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.