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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading The NHS Commissioning Board Draft Mandate and patients in health research

Government consults on Healthwatch membership

The Government last week launched a public consultation seeking views on the membership of Healthwatch England. Healthwatch England will be the 'consumers champion' under the NHS reforms. It will be what they call a 'statutory committee' of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is expected to be up and running by the autumn. Many, including … Continue reading Government consults on Healthwatch membership

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

NHS reforms to face a tough round of Peer review this autumn

We are a nation that no longer knows when to put its rubbish bins out. So I reflected, as I dragged our two overflowing wheelie bins back to their usual place. To be fair to Bromley Council, it's not that they fail to pick-up our rubbish; just that no one can quite predict what sort … Continue reading NHS reforms to face a tough round of Peer review this autumn

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

‘Scroll down’ for clinical trials

To begin with, here's more on that Pfizer story about use of mobile phone technology etc in clinical trials. It seems to have piqued an interest among many of you anyway. Also on the subject of clinical trials, I was rather perplexed by this story running out of the NHS Confederation this morning. I'm delighted … Continue reading ‘Scroll down’ for clinical trials

Cameron’s High Five

A reminder that David Cameron will be making five pledges on the NHS in a 'keynote' expected this week (possibly tomorrow (Tuesday)). Things like..there will be no privatisation, and an end to waiting lists etc. The Economist's 'Leviathan' blog - which is always worth a look - takes a rather derogatory view of the Prime … Continue reading Cameron’s High Five

Flying in the face of an interregnum

As a self-confessed member of the worried well, I ask that people think carefully before they throw strange words at me.  Particularly on the day of a regular visit to my 'prescription-happy' doctor. A colleague asked me this morning how my interregnum was going.  It  sent me into a momentary panic.  Is it treatable I … Continue reading Flying in the face of an interregnum

Back to First Principles with the NHS Reforms

The word on the street is that the Coalition Government is going back to first principles in its review of the proposals in the Health and Social Care Bill.  As each day passes, the 'natural break' begins to feel more like gardening leave for a piece of legislation that was supposed to be one of … Continue reading Back to First Principles with the NHS Reforms

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 … Continue reading International clinical trials day and a bit of mopping-up

Department of Health about to have a Field day taking calls, I believe.

The NHS seems to be dominating my life this week.  Quite apart from the news headlines, it has involved two visits to the doctors and a blood test so far ..but I am on the mend I am pleased to report.  All I can say is, a 45 minute wait for a blood test and excellent … Continue reading Department of Health about to have a Field day taking calls, I believe.

NHS reforms, research and 'localism'

I really would encourage you to read this morning's article in The Guardian about the impact of the NHS reforms on doctor  expertise and research.  Its the first article that I've seen thus far which really conveys the message about health research that AMRC has been trying to put across and on which we anticipate stepping up … Continue reading NHS reforms, research and 'localism'