Blog: £6bn health tremors in Greater Manchester shake up national debate

It happens more regularly than the startled headlines suggest.  An earthquake somewhere in England rattles the crockery and wakes up citizens in the middle of the night. Later, many miles away, we read our newspapers, shake our heads in that ‘well I never’ sort of way, and get on with our day. But something truly seismic… Read More Blog: £6bn health tremors in Greater Manchester shake up national debate

The NHS Commissioning Board Draft Mandate and patients in health research

The Shard went up (officially).  And the NHS Commissioning Board Draft Mandate came down from on high.  All on the same day.  Add the odd torrential downpour with its associated misery and these could be Biblical times. I have come to the conclusion that it is my fate to be locked away somewhere remote and with an intermittent… Read More The NHS Commissioning Board Draft Mandate and patients in health research

I’ve got a pile of irony to do tonight – from Scottish independence to NHS reform

On my train journey from Edinburgh this morning, I listened to a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in about the implications of Scottish independence.  The intricacies of a possible de-coupling from the UK are fascinating – from the economy to people’s pensions, to the NHS. I’ve yet to read an article written specifically about the pros and cons… Read More I’ve got a pile of irony to do tonight – from Scottish independence to NHS reform

Manning and crowd weigh in on NHS reforms at the eleventh hour

Goodness me the nation’s health must be in peril if the Royal Colleges have kicked off their slippers and downed their pipes to emerge like Dad’s Army into the affray about the NHS reforms.  All seems to rest now on those of their number who reside in the Upper House.  How peculiarly English but ultimately unsatisfactory… Read More Manning and crowd weigh in on NHS reforms at the eleventh hour

Rising cancer rates and the NHS reforms…plus NIHR and ‘impact’

I suspect you have seen today’s news bulletins covering Macmillan Cancer Support’s report predicting a significant rise in the number of people who will get cancer. To quote the opening lines of their statement today: Cancer rates are increasing at such a rate that research shows 42% of people who die in this country will… Read More Rising cancer rates and the NHS reforms…plus NIHR and ‘impact’

NHS reforms latest

I’ve got a sneaky feeling that Andrew Lansley might be going to Cornwall on holiday giveh his overtures to the region about how the new funding allocations for the NHS will no longer penalise the county. And this is how The Guardian reported Andrew Lansley’s speech to the NHS Confederation yesterday.

International clinical trials day and a bit of mopping-up

It is International Clinical Trials Day today and The Cochrane Library has worked with the UK Medical Research Council’s Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research to produce a set of new podcasts about clinical trials – well worth a listen. There was a conference in Vienna this morning organised by the European Clinical Research… Read More International clinical trials day and a bit of mopping-up