The health service has become the third rail of British politics – touch it and die. We need a dispassionate broker to assess the issues.
Posts Tagged: NHS Reform
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.
James Cartlidge: The triple lock. The NHS. The aid budget. If there’s to be a snap election, we’ll need a new manifesto
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.
Jeremy Hunt: Now the BMA has agreed the Junior Doctors contract, here are the next steps in NHS reform
Our broad programme is aimed at ensuring our healthcare is the safest and highest quality available anywhere.
So you want more social justice and economic efficiency? You won’t get either without radical civil service reform
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.
Jeremy Hunt: The BMA must not be allowed to veto promises made by a democratically elected Government
The last thing we want is a ‘miners moment’ in our NHS, but the doctors’ union is making unreasonable demands.
Andrew Haldenby: Ministers are winning the argument on NHS change – general practice should be next in line
Many GPs are stuck in an operational and technological Stone Age.
They’ve been compared to the miners, who only lost when careful Government planning and irresistible technological change undermined them.
Adopting the airlines’ no-fault investigation model is in the best interests of patients, and fits a pattern of minister-led Conservative reform.
This is a straight industrial dispute about pay, and high falutin rhetoric about patient safety, privatisation and all the rest is just that.