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Editorial Monday 29 June 2015: Under what circumstances would Jeremy Hunt unleash his Johnson?

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06/29/2015 - 14:08

This Local Government Chronicle story by David Paice, cross-posted on HSJ, shows why the health policy universe needs to understand the circumstances in which health secretary Jeremy Hunt would unleash his Johnson.

Editorial Thursday 11 June 2015: Monitor and TDA to sort-of-merge as David Bennett exits

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06/11/2015 - 08:51

And one of the worst-kept secrets in the NHS is revealed: Monitor and the TDA are to sort-of-merge. Both organisations will continue to exist legally, but there will be a new chief executive appointed by both boards.

And it will not be Dr David Bennett.

Dr Bennett feels that he has been fighting a rearguard action with Jeremy Hunt on FT performance for too long.

Editorial Friday 5 June 2015: 'We hide vegetables' - that was the Confed Conference 2015, that was

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06/05/2015 - 15:49

Wednesday's programme opened with an attentive, personal and measured speech from NHS Confederation chief executive Rob Webster on the issues facing the service. Anita Anand again chaired all the plenaries with skill and wit.

We hide vegetables - and I'm in charge
This was followed by Simon Stevens' speech, delivered in a more narrative and conversational style than last year.

Editorial 4th June 2015: Rough transcript of Jeremy Hunt's speech to NHS Confederation conference

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06/04/2015 - 11:41

Rough transcript

Unlike Ed Miliband forgetting to mention the deficit, I'm going to spend a lot of time talking about financial pressure. Thank you for having me back. It was a closely fought election, thrilled to be back. HSJ's Shaun Lintern tweeted that he was "strangely relieved", which is the closest thing to a compliment I'll get from HSJ.

I want to pay tributes, to Andy Burnham on his passion for health and social care integration and to Norman Lamb on mental health: rest assured we will build on that legacy and put mental health centre stage (Applause).

Editorial Wednesday 3 June 2015: Rough transcript of Simon Stevens' speech to the NHS Confederation conference

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06/03/2015 - 15:51

Simon Stevens transcript

There was no text for this speech, so this is a very rough transcript, far from carved on tablets of stone

Editorial Friday 29 May 2015: Is Monitor's Dr David Bennett the new Jim Morrison, Shia LaBoeuf or Michael Heseltine?

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05/29/2015 - 07:58

Health Policy Insight spoils you, I know. Firstly, you got exclusive understanding of how Simon Stevens' NHS strategy is derived from Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds.

Now we can exclusively reveal that Dr David Bennett is the reincarnation of leather-trousered rock god and Doors frontman Jim Morrison.

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 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 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 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.

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