Healthcare law

STPs: More engagement, less speed - the inconvenient truth(s)

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STP plans being leaked

The recent stories of STP plans being leaked by disgruntled local authorities almost makes me feel sorry for the impossible task facing the band of reluctant STP leaders. More …

The NHS Planning Guidance: play nicely - and do it quick

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No one can say they have not been told now. The NHS Planning Guidance published yesterday makes a number of things very clear. More …

Slow August news: why Sustainability and Transformation Plan proposals are a public matter

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Everyone expects some slow news days in August, especially after the wild excesses of the Brexit pantomime, and then the heady patriotic delight of the Olympics, but the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) proposals as national headline news - are you serious? More …

Talking healthcare - an effective national debate

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This week, I read the Nuffield Trust's report 'Feeling the Crunch'; another report highlighting the continuing crisis in NHS finance. Last week a report indicated (not for the first time) that the NHS is the most efficient health system in Europe. More …

Not another league table…the new Commissioner rankings and the need for scale

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My heart sank (for CCG leaders) when I heard that CCGs now face a further, public, ranking exercise by NHS England. More …

The Carter Challenge Part 2 - the wider lessons for Service Review

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Last time I wrote I said that the Carter review had wider lessons to teach the NHS beyond smarter collaborative procurement, so here are my thoughts… More …

Why are we waiting - the real story of the poor A&E numbers

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Another week, another set of waiting time targets missed (both 18 weeks and even more so the A&E figures). So what...hardly new news, or is it a sign of a deeper problem? More …

Will the NHS Get Carter?

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It is rare for a publication like the much heralded Carter report, about a topic which is so sensitive to the NHS; to get such considered praise and so few brickbats. Why is that and will it make any difference anyway? More …

Greater clarity on the acid test in ICU and other hospital settings?

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Defining whether an individual is a risk of a deprivation of their liberty continues to create significant difficulties across the health and care sector. More …

When is a patient's consent to treatment informed?

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In its landmark decision set out in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board (2015) , the Supreme Court expressed the view that doctors have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure patients are informed about any risks involved in the recommended treatments. More …