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Editorial Thursday 19 May 2016: Churchill conciliation in junior docs' strike, financial chaos & STP WTF (Business As Usual mix)

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05/19/2016 - 15:15

Pyrrhic victories all round in the 'junior' doctors' dispute. The deal on offer, recommended by the BMA, looks like some tweaking of pay rates at the margins (it's still cost-neutral overall). It turns out that, in Churchill's dictum, "it is better to jaw-jaw than to war-war".

Oh, and the BMA have 'won' invitations to sit on some committees. As victories go ...

The Maynard Doctrine: Cut the horseshit: where’s the evidence?

Health economist Professor Alan Maynard wonder, not for the first time, why policymaking and management are still so often uninformed by evidence and evaluation.

The healthcare industry nationally and internationally is vast and expensive. Insurers and governments worldwide spend a lot of effort seeking to control expenditure growth, using rhetoric rather than evidence to improve the efficiency with which healthcare is delivered.

Editorial Tuesday 26 April 2016: The Waste Land - on the NHS and recent Conservative Health Secretaries

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04/26/2016 - 11:52

A significant theme is emerging with recent Conservative Secretaries Of State For Health, talking to the BBC about their job in April.

Editorial Monday 25 April 2016: The revolution will not BMA televised, as the junior doctors' dispute turns hysterical

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04/25/2016 - 14:27

I have previously borrowed the words of a doctor of divinity, Hunter S Thompson, to describe health policy silliness: "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro".

The 'junior' doctors' dispute has long since passed the point of mere workaday weirdness.

The Maynard Doctrine: The Sinking of the NHS Titanic

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03/30/2016 - 17:34

Health economist Professor Alan Maynard points to the parlous pricing function, cost and value

The admirable Steamship NHS Titanic is being driven into the iceberg territory of fragmentation and privatisation by Admiral The Hunt. After five years of parsimonious annual funding growth of 0.8 per cent, good ship NHS is in dire straits, with rivets pinging from previously robust component parts.

Editorial Monday 21 March 2016: NHS funding, Schrödinger's cash and refuting the the gravity of Laws

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03/21/2016 - 10:43

Not only has Mark Britnell written a book, so too has the former Liberal Democrat MP for Yeovil David Laws.

Guest editorial Friday 11 March 2016: The tragedy of the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill's delay

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03/11/2016 - 16:47

Guest contributor The Masked Blogger casts an eye over a legislative fiasco

On Friday the NHS was finally laid to rest after the NHS (Re-reinstatement) Bill was adjourned till late April.

Editorial Wednesday 9 March 2016: From Trust to trust - The Grand Old Duke Of York, encores and Confucius, confused

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03/09/2016 - 15:30

The junior doctors are on strike, again. Both sides look entrenched for the long haul. Both claim the moral high ground of patient safety and the public good.

Well, and well some more. The public, as surveyed by Ipsos MORI, seem to remain relatively supportive of the junior doctors.