I am sure many of you will have heard the legend about the Trevi Fountain in Rome which inspired the 1954 film 'Three Coins in the Trevi Fountain' and title song. It says you must throw three coins into the fountain: the first guarantees your return to Rome, the second leads to a new romance, … Continue reading The NHS is becoming like the Trevi Fountain…#sixprinciples
Having sensibly bought itself another 6 months to do the work, last week the Government's 'Accelerated Access Review' published its half-term report. Headed by Sir Hugh Taylor the review is looking at how to get new treatments and technology in the hands of patients quicker. It is an important review and all the better for … Continue reading The Govt’s Accelerated Access ‘Innovation’ Review: mid-term report @AccelAccess #medtech
It's high time we got over it. Pretending it doesn't go on is foolish. Suspecting the worst every time they come near to one another is energy-sapping. No one is trying to deny history. But we are in danger of denying others a future if we continue to stand in their way. I mean, of … Continue reading Excellent new guidance published to help charities and pharma work together with the public’s trust @ABPI_UK @NVTweeting
So, there's been a lot of activity around the NHS Constitution this week. The group reviewing this document, led by Dr Steve Field, held a twitter discussion one lunchtime and you can read the extracts of this on the Department of Health website here. Then, yesterday, Jeremy Taylor from National Voices and a member of the … Continue reading Can we sum-up the NHS Constitution in 140 characters?
National Voices have published an excellent briefing on what the Health and Social Care Act (which received Royal Assent today) means for public involvement in care.' And how we need to actively follow-up with the new NHS structures and bodies established by the legislation to ensure they keep to the letter of the law. Read … Continue reading Patient involvement in the Health and Social Care Act: National Voices Briefing
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
Science fear not. Those of you disappointed that the EU summit on 4th Feb only got round to the subject of 'innovation' at a late hour and to little discussion should take heart from the fact that patients have been used to being at the end of a conference/meeting agenda etc for most of the … Continue reading The NHS reforms and patients…and EU research shake-up?
'...while the charity has a long tail, it is a strong and growing one.'
I received this link today from one of AMRC's partner organisations, National Voices. It will take you to the text of the first major speech by Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health. Given the audience of National Voices members and panelists, LINks members and Patients Association members it understandably focuses on the patient … Continue reading Andrew Lansley Speech.