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Editorial Tuesday 24 November 2015: Simon Stevens' Newtonian politics win front-loading of the NHS budget (objects in motion)

Publish Date/Time: 
11/23/2015 - 23:23

"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction" - Third Law Of Motion, Sir Isaac Newton

"Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it" - First Law Of Motion, Sir Isaac Newton

The Sun King Also Rises, you might say.

Editorial Thursday 5 November 2015: Money, power and ownership in the NHS: the bonfire night of the vanities

Publish Date/Time: 
11/05/2015 - 15:22

Money, power and ownership are central to the politics and policy of the NHS.

They're also often misunderstood.

Money is back in the news this morning with Virgin toilet misuser Jeremy Hunt apparently offering junior doctors an 11% pay rise as part of changes to the junior doctors' contract.

Editorial Tuesday 10 November 2015: The punishment beatings will continue until morale improves

Publish Date/Time: 
11/10/2015 - 19:59

There is a bitter symmetry between the incidence and the prevalence of the punishment beating in NHS culture.

The first reason why the culture of punishment beating exists?

Existential teleology.

There is a cadre of the managerial community whose purpose is to administer punishment beatings.

Therefore, punishment beating must have value: part of the management infrastructure exists to perpetuate punishment beatings. (Without such value, there would be no punishment beatings.)

This is a self-fulfilling prophecy.