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

Publish Date/Time: 
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

Publish Date/Time: 
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

Publish Date/Time: 
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.

Editorial Thursday 27 February 2015: Four questions about the Greater Manchester SHA structural solutioneering

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02/26/2015 - 09:25

The revelation by the Manchester Evening News that there is to be a Greater Manchester health and care authority, to which the region's entire £6bn annual budget will be devolved, is a spectacular one.

It involves the creation of a new statutory body by April 2016 to assume the budget, sitting above a supervisory commissioning body formed of the area's councils, CCGs and NHS England.

This is clearly in no way adding new bureaucracy and complexity into the NHS system.

Editorial Tuesday 17 February 2015: Market mechanisms in today's NHS: the highest-maintenance imaginary girl/boyfriend ever

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02/18/2015 - 00:22

There are five basic questions worth asking yourself when setting out to tackle a problem.

They are as follows:
1. Do I understand this problem and its root causes?
2. Is it a big problem?
3. Is it an important problem?
4. Is it a wicked problem?
5. Is it a real problem?

Step one is self-explanatory, although a lot of people (in health policy and politics and beyond) do tend to skip it.

Editorial Thursday 29 January 2015: The future of tariff, the Corinthian spirit and the NHS as a political football

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01/29/2015 - 17:04

First, the good news: the 2014 British Social Attitudes survey found that satisfaction with the NHS has resumed its upwards trend, and is back to its second-highest level ever. This is a remarkable testament to the hard work of NHS staff.

(It will be instructive to see whether those who criticised the BSA's methodology when it found the massive drop in public satisfaction in 2010-11 change their tune now that its findings may be more convenient.)

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