Health Service Journal, vol.115, Feb. 24th 2005, p.18-19
Report of an interview with Steve Lowden, chief executive of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, which will be abolished in 2006. Mr Lowden reflects on the reasons for the abolition of the Commission two years after its launch and on the likely configuration of the successor bodies. There is likely to be a small Institute of Patient and Public Involvement promoting good practice, a bigger role for the Appointments Commission in selecting patient forum members and some kind of regional network to support the forums themselves.
The Daily Telegraph, Feb. 16th 2004, p.9
The president of the Royal College of Surgeons has cast doubt on the quality of the work carried out by foreign doctors working in independent treatment centres.
Financial Times, Feb. 4th 2005, p.2
The NHS needs to hand over just under 10% of elective surgical procedures to privately run treatment centres in order to create a sustainable market. Without a guarantee of more operations to perform the current market is likely to collapse in four to seven years
Health Service Journal, vol.115, Feb.3rd 2005, p.5
The Healthcare Commission has been overwhelmed with complaints about the NHS and is facing a backlog of more than 3,700 grievances. A private company will be brought in to help clear the backlog.
British Journal of Health Care Management, vol.11, 2005, p.41-43
Author reflects on the present state of NHS reform, focusing on primary care trust mergers, failure of the National Programme fro IT to engage with end users, limitations on clinical freedom and the role of the NHS Bank.
The Guardian, Feb. 21st 2005, p.14
Millions of NHS patients think doctors do not give them enough information to make sensible choices about how they want to be treated, according to the health inspectorate for England. The Healthcare Commission's annual survey of patients found 30% did not feel fully involved in decisions about their medical care. The survey of 140,000 patients also confirmed anxiety about lack of cleanliness in hospitals.
Health Service Journal, vol.115, Feb.24th 2005, p.8-9
The Conservative health manifesto proposes an NHS in which:
The manifesto also includes action to:
Health Service Journal, vol.115, Feb. 24th 2005, p.5
The Department of Health has created a central "marketing intelligence unit" to teach NHS trusts how to strengthen their reputations as they compete for patients.
Financial Times, Feb. 24th 2005, P.6
The Department of Health is expecting National Health Service hospitals to advertise for business as the private sector becomes increasingly involved in providing NHS services, and patients are given more choice over where they are treated.
The Times, Feb. 22nd 2005, p. 24
Recruiting doctors and nurses from Ghana has saved the National Health Service £65 million in training costs since 1999, according to a report by Save the Children. However, it has deprived one of Africa's poorest countries of the £35 million that it spent on training them.
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
Propelled by Bristol Royal Infirmary, Alder Hay and the Harold Shipman case, a new politics of medicine is emerging from the changing relationship between medicine, society and the state. It is characterised by informed health consumers, an interventionist state and a mobilised medical profession. Medicine has been abruptly politicised by a range of novel pressures, yet continuities within its re-energised institutions remain intact and with them the sustaining realities of power. The author probes beneath the surface of political rhetoric and policy statements to identify the power struggles which are shaping the new politics of medicine.
Health Service Journal, vol.115, Feb. 3rd 2005, p.18-19
Report of an interview with Sir William Wells, NHS Appointments Commission Chair, in which he discusses the difficulties involved in recruiting effective non-executive directors to serve on boards of NHS bodies. A combination of rapid policy change, greater scrutiny of performance and poor pay are making good quality "non-execs" hard to find.
Health Service Journal, vol.115, Feb.17th 2005, p.5-8
Reports responses by NHS trust chief executives to a survey of their views about the Healthcare Commission's new rating system. Overall a majority of the 75 respondents preferred the new system to the old star ratings. However, 81% of respondents feared that the system of prompts, designed as guidelines to help organisations to assess their own performance, would turn into 472 proxy targets. There were also concerns about how effectively non-executive directors, patient forums and local authority scrutiny committees would be able to discharge their role of ensuring standards were met. Chief executives of foundation trusts were also concerned that the Healthcare Commission's work would duplicate that of their own independent regulator, Monitor.
British Journal of Health Care Management, vol.11, 2005, p.52-53
Reflects on how managers can go about turning the widespread rhetoric about partnership between the NHS and the private sector into reality.