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Why people subscribe to Health Policy Insight, by those who do

Why people subscribe to Health Policy Insight, by those who do
It's that picture of my large head, yet again

Hello. I hope this finds you well.

This is the new home of my weekly 'Cowper's Cut' column (formerly seen in Health Service Journal).

By now, many of you have probably realised that I'm not putting new free content on here.

You may have heard from me a few times already about what I think are the various good reasons to subscribe. So I thought you might find it useful to hear from current subscribers to Health Policy Insight about why they've done so.

There could be no better advocates for HPI than these people.

Nick Timmins
Author, The Five Giants: A Biography Of The Welfare State’; ‘Never Again? The Story Of The 2012 Health And Social Care Act’; ‘Glaziers And Windowbreakers: Former Health Secretaries In Their Own Words’; ‘The World’s Biggest QUANGO: The First Five Years Of NHS England
Senior fellow, Institute for Government & Kings Fund
Senior associate, Nuffield Trust
Former Financial Times public policy editor.
As, just possibly, the longest-standing subscriber to Health Policy Insight, it has always been invaluable, insightful, funny and excellent value for money. Highly recommended. Go subscribe!

Isabel Hardman
Deputy editor, The Spectator
Author, 'Why We Get The Wrong Politicians' and 'The Natural Health Service: How Nature Can Help Heal Your Mind'
Columnist, i and Evening Standard
"Andy Cowper's 'Cut' briefing is absolutely essential reading."

Dr Phil Hammond
Author and comedian
'MD' columnist for Private Eye; a book of which pandemic columns is now out.
I have subscribed to @HPIAndyCowper and his Health Policy Insight, because of his wise, detailed and accurate take on the NHS. (In going for the cheaper year-long subscription, I have gambled on Andrew living at least another 12 months. Please do.)”

Dr Michelle Drage
Chair, Londonwide LMC
"GP policy people ... go subscribe to Andy Cowper's Health Policy Insight and get 'Cowper's Cut'. Just do it."

Sir David Nicholson
Chair, Worcestershire Royal Hospital NHS Trust
Former chief executive, NHS Commissioining Board (now NHS England)
As an NHS chair, how could I do my job without subscribing to HPI? I’ve subscribed for 12 months, on the basis the NHS will not be privatised this year.

Helen Buckingham
Director of strategy and operations, Nuffield Trust
Chair, National Voices
"@HPIAndyCowper is a one-man, slightly sweary, very independent thinktank. Sadly for him, unlike other independent thinktanks, he doesn't have a large endowment to keep him going. Follow the thread, and take appropriate action (subscribe!)"

Ben Page
CEO of Ipsos MORI
For irreverent NHS commentary by @HPIAndyCowper, worth subscribing to this.

Dame Gill Morgan
Chair, One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System
Former chair, NHS Providers
Former permanent secretary, Welsh Asdsembly Government
Former chief executive, NHS Confederation
I have subscribed - we need Andy’s analysis, wit and wisdom

Dr Axel Heitmueller
Managing director, Imperial College Health Partners
Director of Discover-NOW, Health Dara Research UK
It’s the crack cocaine of health policy, don’t feel bad for giving in to keep @HPIAndyCowper writing. I’ve signed up (and signed my soul away) but it’s classified as essential reading - plus no one can resist @HPIAndyCowper.

Karin Smyth MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Bristol South
Former NHS manager
Indispensable if you want to really understand what’s occurring NHS/social care-wise

Dr Stephen Moir
Executive Director of Resources,  City of Edinburgh Council
Former Chief People Officer, NHS England
Great insights as always, Andy: why wouldn’t people subscribe?

Charlotte Augst
Chief executive, National Voices
Informative and fun. I wish this could be said of all newsletters. Well worth the small subscription. Really good. It’s the only newsletter I read (and I get lots of them).”

Craig Nikolic
Chief operating officer of Together First CIC, Barking & Dagenham's GP Federation
Thoroughly enjoyed the Monday columns, a must-read for me as they gave an excellent contrasting view to the key healthcare stories of the week. Plus the columns do have a pleasing habit of annoying the right (wrong?) people at the right (wrong?) time.
You don't HAVE to subscribe to "Cut", but then you'll never have the satisfaction of going "I knew that" when other places put out exclusives.

Mike Birtwistle
Director, Incisive Health
Always funny, usually thought-provoking and very often right. @HPIAndyCowper is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of health. Do subscribe to his new newsletter.

Daniel Reynolds
Director of communications, NHS Confederation
After feeling left out and deprived of insight, I'm pleased to say I've finally subscribed to Health Policy Insight. Having read @HPIAndyCowper 's latest pearls of wisdom, I consider myself up to speed and 'in front', not 'behind'. Why not do the same?

Catherine Davies
Managing Partner and head of the healthcare practice at Monticle
Former lead, Competition and Cooperation team at NHS Improvement and Monitor
"Excellent as always. I always look forward to these. Particularly liked the stuff about what Labour really should be doing. Do subscribe to get Andy's funny and thoughtful insights if you haven't already!"

If they've persuaded you, you can subscribe here.