1. Setting the scene for a new era in general practice?

    19 Jun 2015
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    Natasha Curry considers the announcement of a 'new deal' for general practice from the Secretary of State for Health. 

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  2. Beyond the carrot and stick: transforming general practice

    17 Jun 2015
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    With announcements on general practice expected soon Dr Rebecca Rosen, Senior Fellow at the Trust, examines why contractual changes and financial incentives alone will not be enough to drive the transformation that general practice so urgently needs.

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  3. £200m cuts to public health: the situation is getting serious

    16 Jun 2015
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    Dr Alisha Davies examines why the recent announcement from the Treasury of £200m in cuts to non-NHS funding has provoked serious cause for concern among public health organisations. 

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  4. The NHS and the General Election: a false sense of security?

    7 May 2015
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    Are we at risk of being lulled into a false sense of security with the NHS party pledges? Ruth Thorlby examines how the NHS has fared during the election campaign. 

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  5. Political cross-dressing and the NHS

    27 Apr 2015
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    Daniel Reynold's recaps the Health and Care Debate and presents his conclusions. 

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  6. 10 NHS myths to watch out for

    27 Apr 2015
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    Here we examine 10 of the most commonly heard untruths you might hear about our health service in the run up to the election. 

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  7. The NHS bidding war

    21 Apr 2015
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    Last week, all the major parties in England laid out their bids to be trusted with the future of the NHS. The bids were partly denominated in hard cash as each pledged higher spending. But observers could be forgiven for still having quite a few questions.

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  8. Facts, figures and views on health and social care: A resource for reporters of the 2015 general election

    14 Apr 2015
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  9. Health spending across the UK nations: Who decides how much?

    10 Apr 2015
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    What is the truth about where decisions in funding are taken, and what difference could the election make? Mark Dayan looks at the facts. 

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  10. Fact or fiction? Politicians make a difference to health system performance

    2 Apr 2015
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    As the longest election campaign in living memory moves into its closing stages, the main political parties are working harder than ever to emphasise the differences between themselves and their competitors. This is especially noticeable when it comes to the NHS, which has been one of the key battlegrounds of this election. But does the choice of political party really make that much of a difference to health system performance?

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  11. Fact or Fiction? Reconfiguring hospital services will deliver significant savings

    25 Mar 2015
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    NHS hospitals are under mounting financial pressure. A common belief is that the reconfiguration of hospital services, primarily through rationalising services across sites and shifting services into the community will help resolve these pressures.

    But how realistic is this belief? What does the evidence tell us?

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  12. Fact or Fiction? Declining hospital performance is down to a few ‘bad apples’

    13 Mar 2015
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    It’s inherent in our system that hospitals are individually punished for poor performance in some way. Indeed, since the early 2000s, performance management and a financial drive has continued to push for achievements on access targets. But can the recent decline in national average performance be explained by a minority of failing hospitals?

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  13. ‘Devo Manc’: Small steps, great leaps

    5 Mar 2015
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    The bold proposals to transfer responsibility for Greater Manchester’s health and social care needs to accountable bodies in the region were the talk of our annual Health Policy Summit.

    This reflected two very contrasting themes that were evident at the Summit. At one end of the spectrum, there was a focus on micro-level improvements that have the potential to add up to major change. At the other end, were discussions of big structural changes needed within the NHS.

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  14. Fact or fiction? Demand for GP appointments is driving the ‘crisis’ in general practice

    3 Mar 2015
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    Headlines and stories about the ‘crisis’ in general practice have become commonplace over the last year or so. A demoralised and squeezed workforce is struggling to meet the needs of increasing numbers of patients demanding immediate appointments. Or so the narrative goes.

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  15. Fact or Fiction? The NHS has too many managers

    19 Feb 2015
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    It’s election season, and NHS managers and 'bureaucracy' are once again in the firing line. The Coalition boast of putting “more money on to the front line and less into management”; Labour and its supportive press accuse them of the opposite. So who's right? 

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  16. Fact or Fiction? Targets improve quality in the NHS

    13 Feb 2015
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    Views on targets are highly polarised, and recently there has been much anguish and headlines that the NHS is "dying" and "third world". But are targets good or bad for the NHS? Ian Blunt looks at the facts. 

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  17. Fact or Fiction? The Welsh NHS performs poorly compared to the English NHS

    5 Feb 2015
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    Claims about the Welsh NHS fly back and forth between politicians in Westminster and Cardiff Bay: Labour politicians can barely appear on national media without being questioned about their record running the NHS in Wales and Welsh NHS staff and patients find themselves at the centre of a fierce debate almost every week at Prime Minister’s Questions.

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  18. Fact or Fiction? Social care cuts are to blame for the 'crisis' in hospital emergency departments

    29 Jan 2015
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    Rising demand for urgent and emergency care is not a new challenge. But in recent months, there’s been a scramble to find explanations for the overheating hospital sector. Nigel Edwards examines what we do know. 

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  19. Level up: new responsibilities for CCGs

    23 Jan 2015
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    Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – now approaching their second birthday – are having to grow up fast. They have cut their teeth on community and acute services, and now have the option to take up further responsibilities.

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  20. The population time-bomb: can NHS spending keep pace?

    19 Nov 2014
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    Eighteen months ago, the protection of NHS spending was not a popular position in Whitehall. Other departments, cut to the bone and facing more of the same, were envious. Politicians as different as Vince Cable, from the Lib Dem left, and Phillip Hammond from the Tory right, lobbied hard for the health service to “share the pain”.

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