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Kristian Niemietz
11 May 2015
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The Economist, 11 April 2020 With the 2020 General Election less than four weeks away, this special edition and the next two will provide some in-depth analysis of what we think this government got...
Ryan Bourne
9 April 2015
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Another day, another story about the NHS struggling. Analysis for the Health Foundation found yesterday that improvements in hospital efficiency in recent years had been way below what was...
Kristian Niemietz
2 April 2015
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Nigel Crisp knows the NHS better than almost anyone. In his role as its chief executive (2000-2006), he oversaw the formulation and, partly, the implementation of transformative reforms. His book 24...
Ryan Bourne
14 January 2015
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Last week, dreadful headlines and stories on A&E waiting times dominated the front pages of almost every national newspaper. If not for the sickening events in Paris the following day, the NHS...
Sam Collins
21 November 2014
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We need to have a serious talk. The topic may be painful. Being faced with the warts of a much-loved figure often is. But it is crueller by far to let it die the death of a thousand cuts, a thousand...
Kristian Niemietz
7 November 2014
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When I first heard about Sushi in the early 2000s, like many others, I found the idea of eating raw fish very strange. When a friend urged me to give it a try, I flatly refused. - ‘Why on earth...
Kristian Niemietz
3 November 2014
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I always find it bemusing when some protest group seeks to prevent the opening of a supermarket, or a fast food outlet, on the grounds that ‘the local community’ does not want it. If that...
Jonathan Stanley
7 August 2014
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Seemingly not a day goes by without a politician rallying voters with promises to improve NHS waiting times. Outside the UK this must be a very odd spectacle. This level of religious zeal for waiting...
Kristian Niemietz
30 July 2014
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One of the standard arguments against allowing private providers into the health sector is that these would cherry-pick the healthiest, easiest-to-treat patients, leaving behind a sicker patient...
Kristian Niemietz
11 July 2014
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Commentators who celebrated the Commonwealth Fund’s health system rankings, in which the NHS came out as the best system in the world, did not fail to point out that most other countries in the...
Ryan Bourne
8 July 2014
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With Monty Python at the O2 arena and ongoing coverage of the NHS, I was reminded last week of the Python sketch showing a lady giving birth. Unfortunately for her, the doctors played by John Cleese...
Kristian Niemietz
2 July 2014
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One of the standard arguments for decentralisation is that if political decisions are taken in closer proximity to the people affected, they will be better targeted and more responsive to the...
Ryan Bourne
1 July 2014
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Few subjects generate emotion in UK politics like the funding of the NHS. Warnings of the health service’s imminent collapse are ten a penny, while politicians love to talk about ‘saving...
Kristian Niemietz
19 June 2014
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Unless you have spent the last two decades in North Korea or in Josef Fritzl’s basement, you will be familiar with that scene from the opening credits of the Simpsons, where it initially...
Kristian Niemietz
28 April 2014
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The Labour Party plans to increase national insurance contributions in order to raise an additional £30 billion for NHS spending. Not such a bright idea, given the obvious adverse effect on...
Philip Booth
17 February 2014
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Bishop Pat Lynch is absolutely right to be concerned about whether migrants, asylum-seekers and those in great need will be able to get health care as a result of government reforms. The principles...
Tom Papworth
25 June 2012
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The Orange Book's authors made the book what it is. Had it not been for David Laws MP and Paul Marshall, it might have been nothing more than an obscure collection of policy articles...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
29 March 2012
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  In the debate over proposed market reforms in the NHS, opinions are plentiful but few commentators back up their opinions with evidence.  So, what does the evidence say? It is...
Richard Wellings
23 January 2012
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The National Health Service enjoys strong support among the public, making it almost impossible to introduce radical reforms, even if the performance of the NHS is relatively poor compared with...
Kristian Niemietz
15 June 2011
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Advocates of a denationalisation of healthcare frequently come across the objection that healthcare is not amenable to individual choice. People may be trusted to make sensible decisions when it...