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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2007): National Health Service - funding

Controversial and divisive: Whitehall's own Big Brother

D. Carlisle

Health Service Journal, vol.117, June 28th 2007, p. 14-15

The Department of Health's commercial directorate was set up in 2003 to make the NHS more commercially focused and to facilitate use of the private sector. It has taken on responsibility for running the independent sector treatment centre programme, and for delivering savings in NHS procurement and efficiencies in the arm's-length body review. It also taken on a strategic role, providing commercial input into policy decisions.

Turning curves

H. Mooney, R. Allmark and O. Evans

Health Service Journal, vol.117, June 28th 2007, p. 22-24

Presents three case studies on how hospital trusts in Brighton, Ipswich and Trafford took radical action to save themselves from financial disaster by clearing massive deficits.

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