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Editorial Friday 8 May 2015: What the new Conservative government will do on health

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05/08/2015 - 11:33

1. Celebrate. They had no clue they were going to win an overall majority. They have one. It is not large, and that will create evident challenges in due course. But basically, they will be very happy indeed with a remarkable electoral achievement.

2. Order DH to welease The Wose Weview. Or maybe not.

Editorial Tuesday 5 May 2015: It's raining cash: hallelujah! Why the NHS needs a double-Steve Austin and The Builder’s Message

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05/05/2015 - 16:19


"And here I sit so patiently,
Waiting to find what price
You have to pay to get out of going
Through all these things twice"

Bob Dylan, 'Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again'

I wasn't into football as a young man: I'm still not now that I'm less young. Still, football culture was a reality of the 1970s and 80s, with hooliganism, tribalism and affordable standing terraces.

Editorial Wednesday 6 May 2015: Simon Stevens' 'Pet Sounds'

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05/06/2015 - 11:55

As some light relief after a heavy piece about NHS finances, I think it’s time to explain that Simon Stevens has a secret strategy for the NHS.

It’s not the Five-Year Forward View.

It’s not privatisation.

It’s Brian Wilson’s masterpiece ‘Pet Sounds’.

Editorial Monday 27 April 2015: RIP Professor Aidan Halligan

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04/27/2015 - 20:11

Some things you want to write much less than others; some you don't want to write at all. This one is in the second such category.

Professor Aidan Halligan has died unexpectedly, aged 57. A friend and mentor to many, he was the NHS's first director of clinical governance, and also deputy chief medical officer to Sir Liam Donaldson.