Introducing a program of Ofsted-Style ratings and special measures into the NHS was controversial at the time. But the move has paid off.
If it shares Transport for London’s technophobia it will continue throwing money away on bureaucrats and agency commissions.
Charlie Gard’s case highlights how the culture of the Health Service can make it deeply resistant to the legitimate wishes of patients.
The health service has become the third rail of British politics – touch it and die. We need a dispassionate broker to assess the issues.
The first piece in our mini-series on reducing the deficit explores ideas from addressing ‘grey welfare’ to closing Whitehall departments.
More money? There isn’t any. A grand bargain on social care? There’s no sign of agreement. A new GPs’ contract? There’s no appetite for more strikes.
The NHS desperately needs a regulatory environment which will force it to think more entrepreneurially and collaboratively.
And on Brexit, as one who campaigned for In, I say we should get on with it, and avoid the one outcome that is infinitely less preferable to Leave or Remain: limbo.
The arcane and unnecessary distinction between private and public sector employees is the root of the problem.
These organisations have that strong public service ethos – but also employ the entrepreneurialism and commercial discipline of the private sector.
Our broad programme is aimed at ensuring our healthcare is the safest and highest quality available anywhere.
Here are three proposals for change.
Young doctors have been wickedly misled by the BMA to break the Hippocratic Oath – although one in five has had the bravery to cross the picket lines.
The last thing we want is a ‘miners moment’ in our NHS, but the doctors’ union is making unreasonable demands.
Many GPs are stuck in an operational and technological Stone Age.