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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More lessons from the Hinchingbrooke takeover

Filed Under (Hospitals, Private Health Care, Private Sector) by Paul on 15-11-2011

Yesterday I drew some political lessons from the Hinchingbrooke takeover. Today I want to draw some lessons from the procedure that has taken so very long to come to a conclusion.

I think it’s pretty certain that over the next few years there will be a variety of different takeovers and mergers of NHS hospitals. When these have been carried out in the past they have been mainly attempts to reduce costs by forcing several organisations to merge. Most of these would not have been mergers or takeovers in any other industry or service. In the NHS mergers have usually brought together 3 failing hospitals to create a single, large, failing hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Andy Burnham (as he moves from being uncomfortable in Government to being comfortable in opposition) and Circle’s takeover of Hinchingbrooke.

Filed Under (Hospitals, NHS Providers, Private Health Care, Private Sector, Secretary of State) by Paul on 14-11-2011

Last Thursday I blogged about a report which examined different approaches to losing weight, and received some interesting comments which I will talk about later in the week.

But by chance this post was published on the day that the agreement between the Government and Circle at Hinchingbrooke was finally signed and some people want to know my thoughts about this. Read the rest of this entry »

Markets, business and the creation of innovative value for money health care for NHS patients.

Filed Under (Creating public value, Health Improvement, Innovation, Private Health Care) by Paul on 10-11-2011

A small story last Friday exemplified a much bigger issue. The story concerned the results of research from the University of Birmingham on how the effectiveness of different weight loss schemes. Read the rest of this entry »

The politics of profit in English health services

Filed Under (BMA, GPs, Private Health Care, Private Sector) by Paul on 02-08-2011

Last week I posted about a piece of research that examined public thinking about the issue of private sector health companies using staff trained within the NHS at public expense. The majority believed that doctors who made money in private practice should make some contribution to the public purse from their earnings if their training had been paid for by the public. Read the rest of this entry »