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Pulling teeth: why have successive governments failed dentistry?

Blog post 12/08/2022Nigel Edwards

After a BBC investigation this week reported that nine in 10 NHS dental practices across the UK are not accepting new adult patients for treatment under the health service, Nigel Edwards describes some of the problems in the sector and how they could provide a warning for the unfolding crisis in GP...

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Is an already tough year for the NHS about to get a lot tougher?

Blog post 18/07/2022Sally Gainsbury

With talk of tax cuts proving popular in the race to become the next Conservative party leader, and pay rise expectations significantly higher than budgets allow, the NHS could be caught in the crossfire of conflicting demands. Sally Gainsbury describes how the health service is already having to de...

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Protocol politics mean hard times ahead for health in Northern Ireland

Blog post 06/07/2022Mark Dayan | Professor Tamara Hervey | Mark Flear | Holly Jarman | Martha McCarey | Nick Fahy | Prof Scott L Greer

We recently held a roundtable with leaders and health experts in Northern Ireland about how they are seeing the UK’s departure from the EU play out for health. We heard of several serious issues that could lead to a further deterioration in relationships among stakeholders and government officials...

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A new NHS reorganisation: will it work this time?

Blog post 01/07/2022Mark Dayan | Camille Oung | Sarah Reed

From today, integrated care boards take statutory control over a budget of tens of billions of pounds. It marks the biggest legislative restructure of the NHS in England for 10 years, but is the latest in a long line of attempts across the UK to make health and care services work together better. Wi...

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How do waiting times for NHS planned care vary across England?

Blog post 14/06/2022Sophie Flinders

The waiting list for NHS planned care has this year ballooned past 6.3 million in England. It’s a national issue, but the severity of the backlog is not felt equally across the country. Sophie Flinders takes a closer look at how waiting times for planned care vary in different areas.

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General practice on the brink: what should reform look like?

Blog post 17/05/2022Dr Rebecca Rosen

Increased demand, staff burnout and deteriorating patient experience are threatening the stability of general practice, but what would reform look like? In the second of our mini series of blogs this week, Rebecca Rosen describes the seven components that need to be built into any policy reform.

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General practice on the brink: what’s needed to implement change?

Blog post 17/05/2022Dr Rebecca Rosen

For general practice to reverse the decline in public satisfaction, retain its staff and avoid criticisms from various quarters, reform and a broader swathe of changes need to be implemented at pace. In the third and final of our blogs looking at general practice this week, Rebecca Rosen argues that...

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General practice: case studies of GP organisations working at scale to deliver access and continuity

Blog post 17/05/2022Case study

As part of our "General practice on the brink" series, we describe what needs to be built into general practice reform. The case studies below illustrate different types of GP organisation, owned and managed in different ways, which demonstrate options for improving access while also maintaining con...

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General practice on the brink: how did it get there?

Blog post 16/05/2022Dr Charlotte Paddison

General practice is on the brink, and policy-makers, clinicians and patients seem to know it. But how did it come to this? At the start of a mini series of blogs on general practice, Charlotte Paddison reflects on how its problems came about and what lessons can be learnt from them.

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NHS patients are more likely to die – it is right to ask why

Blog post 06/05/2022Mark Dayan

Last week a think-tank report drew newspaper headlines with the claim that the NHS ranked second from bottom across "a series of major health outcomes" compared with other international systems. Does the NHS really perform so badly internationally, and is there a real problem with our health outcome...

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