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Editorial Wednesday 5 June 2013: On Andy Cowper's conflicts of interest

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06/05/2013 - 10:25

I've been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks, and had no time to do so.

It's about my conflicts of interest, real or perceived, with clients for whom I work.

This stuff matters in other fields, so it also matters in mine.

In the past, I've tried to do this proactively when relevant, as with the ongoing projects I did for NHS Alliance. Those have all now finished, so who knows, I might even start writing about their stuff again ...

My current paid commitments are as follows.

Andy Cowper - conflicts of interest

Editorial Wednesday 6 February 2013: PM David Cameron's statement in response to The Francis Public Inquiry Report

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02/06/2013 - 14:20

From the Number 10 website.

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Click here for details of 'Francis is coming. Look busy!', the new issue of subscription-based Health Policy Intelligence.

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Today Robert Francis has published the report of the Public Inquiry into The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Editor’s blog Wednesday 8 September 2010: The Wednesday WTF Award - inaugural tie

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09/08/2010 - 20:33

Here we go - a new feature, the Wednesday What The Flugelhorn (WTF) Award. The WTF Award will henceforth grace HPI every Wednesday, apart from those when it doesn't.

This week's primii inter pares give us a joint winner - a splendid pair:

This story from The Independent on morning sickness cures, which apparently don't work, you'll be amazed to hear.

No, really.

Editor’s blog Thursday 27 May 2010: The baker's double-dozen: 26 policy questions for Health Secretary Andrew Lansley

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05/27/2010 - 08:00

With acknowldgement to HSJ editor Alastair McLellan for the inspiration (i.e. I nicked his concept), here are a list of what I currently think are the top 26 health policy questions for Secretary of State For Health Andrew Lansley CBE MP.

1. Will GP commissioners or consortia have hard budgets?

Editor's blog Wednesday 3 March 2010: Loose journalism, the Virgin hokey-cokey, and the late Co-operation and Competition Panel

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03/03/2010 - 19:51

Hello. Now as I pointed out yesterday, this article in The Guardian is a bit silly (though not as silly as the rip-off of it in the Beast, which confuses PCTs with hospitals. Doh!).

9th February 2009: Guest editorial - Matthew Swindells on the recession and the NHS

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02/09/2009 - 13:31

Professor Matthew Swindells follows his recent interview for HPI with a column looking at recessionary economics for the NHS.

The recession and the NHS

by Professor Matthew Swindells, managing director, health, Tribal group PLC

It is now clear to the NHS that life is going to get very difficult in the foreseeable future. It is just as clear that, unusually, it has warning of the choppy waters ahead and time to do something about it.

Editor's blog 21 July - Maynard here, and more on the way

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07/21/2008 - 11:29

Good afternoon. Apologies for a day or two of radio silence, but to paraphrase John Lennon, life has been happening to us while we were busy making other plans.

The latest instalment of The Maynard Doctrine has arrived for your edification (www.healthpolicyinsight.com/?q=node/123). This touches on the vital issue of incentives, which will be addressed in our latest 'Colloquia', which should be up by this evening.

Editor's blog 20 June 2008: Confed Day 3 - GP surgery closures? Pick a number, any number

Publish Date/Time: 
06/20/2008 - 14:59

by Andy Cowper

Some concluding thoughts from Confed

1. Every big conference has an atmosphere: a reflection of the mood across the service. This year the atmosphere has been elusive. Conference chair David Walker, editor of Guardian Public characterised it as “calm”. Calm was a symptom, but the cause was waiting. We are all waiting for Darzi.

Editor's blog 19 June 2008: More from Confed conrence: is David Nicholson still gunning for Monitor?

Publish Date/Time: 
06/19/2008 - 14:15

Is David Nicholson still gunning for Monitor?

No matter how bad your day is, Joe Simpson has had a worse one. The climber and inadvertent bestselling author gave a thoroughly moving and harrowing speech today to Confed. His recounting of the physical ordeal was harrowing just to hear.

Simpson niftily avoided the potential pitfalls of emotionalism, drawing instead a deeply touching and personal message that feeling totally alone and beyond contact or human touch is the worst kind of pain.

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