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Editorial Thursday 27 February 2020: Matt Hancock speech to Nuffield Trust Summit

Publish Date/Time: 
02/27/2020 - 16:40

Rough text of Matt Hancock speech to Nuffield Trust Summit. Uncorrected. Will contain typos.

Government’s vision for the NHS and social care – Matt Hancock

We’re doing all we reasonably can that’s possible to keep the public safe from Coronavirus.

Praise exemplary response from officials, Public Health England and DH. Brilliant work of CMO Prof Chris Whitty. Plan driven by science and guided by expert advice marshalled by Chris Whitty. Tackling this is overwhelming and currently taking most of my time.

Editorial Wednesday 11 December 2019: At the eleventh hour and fifty-ninth minute, some Labour health policy

Publish Date/Time: 
12/11/2019 - 12:05

This is quite interesting. Labour's shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has finally given Health Service Journal an interview about Labour health policy.

Editorial Wednesday 4 December 2019: The main parties' manifestos on health and care

Publish Date/Time: 
12/04/2019 - 09:23

Being asked to choose a Prime Minister between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is like being asked whether you'd prefer constipation or diarrhoea. The obvious answer is 'neither, thanks'.

It's not quite a Hobson's Choice of a General Election, but it's not far off.

Editorial Thursday 20 June 2019: Executive tendencies

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06/20/2019 - 14:14

Baroness Harding is the highly executive and very vocal chair of NHS Improvement. She is saying many of the right things about the change of culture needed in the NHS, which is thoroughly welcome and greatly to be applauded. We must hope it will happen.

The Baroness is now seeing executive tendencies in other, specifically in Health Service Journal. Speaking at the NHS Confederation's conference in Manchester, Baroness Harding suggested that we are currently in an era of "trial by HSJ".

Why is this allegation and perception on the mind of NHS Improvement's chair just now?

Editorial Wednesday 19 December 2018: The eyes have it - Matt Hancock, fridge magnate, and The Fear

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12/19/2018 - 11:10

I don’t lightly encourage people to watch interviews with ‘Appless Matt ‘Ancock, Secretary Of State For The Time Being.

But I have to make an exception for this classic.
It starts at 4 minutes 30 in, and is notable for two things.

In the ongoing bonfire of the sanities that is Brexit, the ‘Appless ‘Un tells a grateful nation that as part of the ‘no deal’ plans for crashing out of the EU on 29 March 2019, he has become the biggest buyer of refrigerators in the world.

Editorial Thursday 20 September 2018: Towards integrated tech enthusiasm with Matt Hancock

Publish Date/Time: 
09/20/2018 - 08:23

[AUTHOR’S NOTEHealth Policy Insight's been on a hiatus for a while because, well, life. This column was written for my regular Monday HSJ slot, and delayed due to legal concerns. It now appears, following HSJ editor Alastair McLellan’s barnstorming editorial on the matters in question.]

Those whom the Gods of health policy would destroy, they first make over-enthusiastic about tech solutions.

Editorial Wednesday 16 January 2018: The past is a foreign country: for Boris Johnson, the truth is too

Publish Date/Time: 
01/17/2018 - 15:22

L P Hartley's 'The Go-Between' opens with the magnificent line "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there".

For HPI's favourite lying-buffoon-turned-Foreign Secretary Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson, the truth is increasingly becoming a foreign country.

Editorial Thursday 4 January 2018: The Conquest of the NHS is in full swing

Publish Date/Time: 
01/04/2018 - 18:28

The historian Robert Conquest is famous for his 'three laws of politics':
1. Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.
2. Any organisation not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.
3. The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organisation is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

Editorial Wednesday 22 November 2017: A Budget to short-change the NHS

Publish Date/Time: 
11/22/2017 - 10:35

Budget Day rolls around fast: this year, the cacophony of requests for more funding for the NHS has been almost incessant.

In my HSJ column, I assumed that the NHS is not going to get the £4 billion a year it needs to keep things stable as they are. (This doesn't include a staff pay rise, not getting waiting times back on track.)

Editorial Wednesday 8 November 2017: Spreadsheet Phil will have to choose between the bus and the bust

Publish Date/Time: 
11/08/2017 - 09:14

Fireworks Night was three days ago, but you wouldn't know it from NHS Commissioning Board boss Simon Stevens' bold intervention at the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham.

In a delightful display of political chutzpah, Stevens is using the '£350 million bullshit bus' to bolster the case for a meaningful funding increase in the Budget on 22 November.

Who's the audience for this intervention?

And will it work?

Bypassing the politicians

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