Category: ERA 3

Ambulances in a gig economy. Private ambulance company SSG UK Specialist Ambulance Service Ltd was put in administration in early September. The company mainly provides emergency and non-emergency transport services for the NHS. Private providers carry out up to 15…

Treasury says No University College London Hospital Foundation Trust thinks it can save £30 million a year by terminating its PFI bill at a cost of £550 million. The Trust would need to borrow this sum from the Department of…

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  A breath of fresh air If you have not encountered the policy commentator Matt Black you have missed a rich source of critical thinking about the NHS.  Matt argues that media headlines are, more often than not, driven by…

Nationalising General Practice Paul Williams MP, writing in the Guardian on May 8th, states (quite rightly) that some GPs are open to the idea of being salaried employees of the NHS. He may also be right that directing doctors to…

Too small to succeed A small independent midwifery provider, Neighbourhood Midwives, closed suddenly in January of this year. Based in Waltham Forrest, the company ran a ‘continuity of care’ pilot, where each woman was looked after by a small team…

Squabbling about the NHS. What has happened to the Socialist Health Association? Readers of HM may be aware that the SHA is affiliated to the Labour Party, but that position may be under challenge after recent events. Private Eye picked…

Little or no progress had been made (by either party) in progressing policy around what defines social care and the issues around who pays, how funding flows and how providers are managed still wait to be addressed. Convergence of (free?)…

A struggle for survival? The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has suggested that merging hospital trusts could increase patient harm incidents and death rates, according to the HSJ (Shaun Lintern 4th February 2019). The CMA study used a new methodology…

For 4 decades there have been activists who believe that all changes in the NHS are part of a plot to move our tax funded NHS onto the American, private insurance funded, model.  This would then allow services to be…

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Big Pharma bounces back? The UK economy may be sluggish after the 2008 recession but Big Pharma continues to grow, worldwide, with overall R&D spending in the pharmaceutical / biotechnology sector growing from around $128 billion in 2008 to $158…