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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

Publish Date/Time: 
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

Publish Date/Time: 
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

Publish Date/Time: 
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

Publish Date/Time: 
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

Publish Date/Time: 
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.

Editorial Wednesday 15 July 2014: Baudelaire, the Devil's finest trick and tax rises in the next Parliament

Publish Date/Time: 
07/16/2014 - 13:16

"The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist" - Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen

Editorial Monday 14 July 2014: A modest proposal on NHS and public sector funding

Publish Date/Time: 
07/14/2014 - 13:13

This denial of an imminent NHS funding crisis, courtesy of health minister Dr Daniel 'Pecs Dance' Poulter, on top of The Buttle Of Britain's response to the Nuffield Trust's funding report, offers perhaps the clearest confirmation yet that we are near to an expli

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