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There are two competing but related health service ‘narratives’ being promoted in the immediate aftermath of the spending review. The first is that George Osborne has listened and delivered the “biggest ever commitment to the NHS since its creation”. The second is that Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, has played a blinder running rings around the Treasury and securing the money to underpin his Five Year Plan. I’m disinclined to jump on either bandwagon. And here’s why. First, however, we should welcome the fact that the Chancellor has listened to health unions, campaigners and the medical profession by front […]
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In its damning report last month, the King’s Fund health think tank criticised the government’s NHS reforms as “damaging and distracting” for introducing even more markets to the NHS, for making it too complex to govern properly and lacking effective leadership. The man behind these reforms, former health secretary Andrew Lansley, dismissed the report, saying that the King’s Fund should have focused on “whether patient care has been improved”. We agree: quality of patient care is the most important measure of the success of government health policy. So let’s examine the evidence. 1. A & E waiting times – WORSE The government […]
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