Issue : 1 July 2010
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Galvanising the future of clinical leadershipSubscription
There is vast leadership potential in the junior doctor workforce, as Fiona Pathiraja and Kate Drysdale explain
The UK response to swine flu was “proportionate and effective”, an independent review has concluded.
Some see the abolition of central performance management of the 18 weeks referral to treatment target as a big mistake, others think it heralds a more flexible system. Alison Moore looks at the early outlook for a controversial change of policy
Michael White on the NHS budgetSubscription
Good news of a sort for Andrew Lansley as he faces twin pressures: wholly predictable pressure from the Tory right (plus that nudge from Andy Burnham) to include the NHS in George Osborne’s Budget strategy for public spending cuts, and pressure from the chancellor himself not to let feckless GPs manage so much NHS money.
Health minister Simon Burns is to visit Newark Hospital today after the local MP raised objections to changes to accident and emergency.
At last week’s NHS Confederation conference, health secretary Andrew Lansley stressed the need for managers to engage with GPs, while batting away the question of how Treasury officials feel about giving them control of the commissioning purse strings - a question that is not going to go away.
Stephen Eames on GPs in the hotseatSubscription
At a recent dinner party, a fellow guest, who happened to be a GP, said: “If I was to invite my colleagues to a meeting about practice based commissioning, I would be there on my own with the sandwiches” (well, actually these days it would be without the sandwiches.).
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