Elective surgical centres would be an efficient way to lighten the load on acute hospitals. The health service must be less monolithic in order to cope better.
Posts Tagged: NHS Reform
J. Meirion Thomas: The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
The official guidance contains gaping loopholes, and Freedom of Information requests show that Health Trusts are unprepared to carry out vital checks.
Staff and public distrust of the Conservatives is so great that it is impeding vital reform.
Jeremy Hunt: Leadership is crucial. That’s the moral in the story of how Colchester NHS Trust was turned round.
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.
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.