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Editorial Thursday 23 October 2014: A subtle subversion – NHS England’s Five-Year Forward View

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10/23/2014 - 15:50

‘Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.’ – Proverbs 29:18

Simon Stevens is a subtle subversive: a highly effective character type. NHS England’s Five-Year Forward View sets out his broad direction of travel. And it sends a neat, subtextual message to political and system leaders, which they may even at some point notice.

Editorial Monday 13 October 2014: Tory NHS reform mea culpa - 'what Lynton entertainment the players shall receive'

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10/13/2014 - 11:31

Today's Times leads with a well-briefed story about how senior Tories (no names, obviously) now regard having gone ahead with their NHS reforms.

The piece is unambiguous that the chaotic, hugely disruptive nature of the reforms was understood before the party's MPs supported what became the 2012 Act in vote after vote after vote.

It is, however, silent on why they went ahead with them regardless.

Folly or knavery?

Editorial Wednesday 1 October 2014: The Curious Case Of Conservative Health Policy

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10/01/2014 - 19:22

With the delivery of Secretary Of State Jeremy 'Bellflinger' Hunt's conference speech yesterday and Prime Minister 'That Nice Mr' David Cameron's speech today, health policy fans have much to digest.

Let us start with Mr Hunt.

Editorial Wednesday 24 September 2014: Some reflections on Labour's election health policy

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09/24/2014 - 16:31

Mascara Kid Andy Burnham's speech to the Labour Party conference today told us little that had not been extensively trailed in his previous speeches and in the party's policy review led by Sir John Oldham.

Editorial Tuesday 23 September 2014: Labour leader Ed Miliband's health policy announcements today

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09/23/2014 - 13:18

Well, I have this from a very good source. "£2.5 bn fund (mansion tax, fags) to fund 20,000 nurses, and 8,000 GPs, 5,000 social/community care workers and 3,000 midwives by 2020".

There are problems with going down the workforce number target route. Not because it isn't important to have the right workforce - skill mix and numbers. It is important.

Editorial Friday 19 September 2014: The NHS is Russia (and postmodernism), basically

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09/19/2014 - 09:00

Many people don't really understand the NHS, which might be OK if they didn't also try to run it or make policy about it.

So in the interests of helping people understand it a bit better, I'm going to let you in on a secret: the NHS is Russia, basically.

Notoriously big and populous; notoriously hard to govern; and notoriously difficult to conquer.

Obviously, there are a few minor differences. The NHS doesn't drink vodka for breakfast, or have fairly significant oil reserves.

And it's not as if neo-liberal governments are trying to trash the NHS's economy ... oh, hang on ...

Editorial Friday 12 September 2014: Well done, Monitor

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09/12/2014 - 17:32

Well done, Monitor: nice work.

Yes, you read that right. I typed it out loud, in the real world. I even meant it. Open code bracket; forward-slash irony, close code bracket.

Editorial Friday 18 July 2014: Commissioning - Schrodinger's Cat bred with the Norwegian Blue

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07/18/2014 - 15:40

In a time of political choices to give the NHS no more money, commissioning has become the Schrodinger's Cat of the NHS: simultaneously dead and alive.

Commissioning is basically two things: planning and reviewing the quantity and quality of services, and buying them (or not).

The planning and reviewing function is the alive bit. The buying ... you can work it out; you're smart people.

The dead hand of finance
Why is buying dead?

Editorial Thursday 17 July 2014: Neil Young and the wabi-sabi NHS

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07/17/2014 - 13:10

The Japanese aesthetic concept of wabi-sabi strikes me as a useful one for thinking about how the NHS is going to have to be to get through the oncoming mess.

Wabi-sabi works on the basis that
Nothing lasts,
Nothing is finished,
Nothing is perfect.

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