My mission statement

The times we are working in now need a great deal of accelerated change and there must be no negotiating that down. So my mission statement for this part of my consultancy career is to be clear that there needs to be and will be a lot of change from the work that I do with individuals and organisations and if organisations don’t want that, then it is probably best to go somewhere else.

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The Money and how to spend it better

Filed Under (China, Creating public value, Expenditure, Public Health) by Paul on 06-07-2009

The good thing about the last few weeks is that the more that is said about the problems of the coming crisis in public expenditure, the more that it is recognised that the NHS cannot be excluded from its impact. Its true that because of the importance of the NHS there may be a smaller impact on the NHS than say transport, but there is still a recognition that the increases in money of the last few years will stop, but the increase in demand for health care will continue.
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Hong Kong – the Conference May 5th

Filed Under (China, Health Policy, Public Health, Speaking) by Paul on 15-05-2009

So far the two posts I have made about my trip to Hong Kong concerned the way in which they were dealing with the swine flu outbreak that coincided with my visit.

The Conference I went to speak to – a Hong Kong hospital authority conference – was cancelled on the Friday evening I arrived. However, on Sunday, with several speakers having arrived, the Authority decided to hold a session where we would share with an audience from the Authority, the papers that we had prepared.
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Hong Kong, May day weekend – Sunday

Filed Under (China, Health Policy, Mexican 'flu, Public Health, SARS) by Paul on 04-05-2009

I have been watching how a very different society deals with a public health scare.

The health of the public is a very different activity from running a health care system. Many health care systems including the NHS and the system in Hong Kong is primarily organised by the state. We develop policies, set up the architecture of the system create and maintain institutions and try and implement a state run system. That’s the way in which health care is usually organised and thought through.
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Hong Kong, May day weekend – Saturday

Filed Under (China, Health Policy, Mexican 'flu, Public Health, SARS, Speaking) by Paul on 02-05-2009

Every year – well nearly every year- Hong Kong Hospital Authority has a really good Conference about the developments in health and health care. Two years ago I was asked to give the keynote opening address on the progress in health care reform in the English NHS. I have a 5 year relationship with Hong Kong that amongst other things has given me an honorary relationship as the Adjunct Professor of Public Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. So two years ago I was both pleased and excited to start this conference off.
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