Patrick Newman's Comments
Perhaps resources is background issue
So even with additional funding it appears that CCG's are not very effective in their commissioning role!
Delay may end up as yet another unnecessary call on the emergency services.
Chief executives and chief officers are prone to the Lewis Carroll Queen of Hearts favourite style of fear and blame management - "off with their heads" "sentence first - verdict later" Even CE's deserve a fair 'trial' when things go wrong. There must be a better way than an HR form of Russian Roulette!
Yes, no more manager abuse please. And no more backoffice staff abuse by managers too. "Oh we are not cutting services , we are cutting backoffice staff" - as if they are a sub species of employee who gather in large numbers and idle their days away just ripe for culling. Front line staff need well staffed backoffices to underpin their efficiency and effectiveness and yet they become the faceless bureaucrats that people like Dorrell and Milburn have probably castigated in the past!
Comment on: Four in 10 GP practices need modernisation
Is this a surprise to anyone?
Presumably if Mr Osborne leaves office on the 8th May he will leave a note for Mr Balls saying "There's plenty of money"!
Not much of substance in Mr Boyle's piece. One is tempted to the Mandy Rices Davies dictum (MRDA). The article should be titled "In praise of cherry picking and marketisation of healthcare" Shame on CCG who obviously have the money to pay for someone else to do their dirty work. Still it will give Circle something to do when Hinchinbrooke goes belly up! BTW Circle is a partnership in name only.
It's all too late for the Coalition. The imminent crisis to too wide ranging for even a £1.5bn bung and its sudden appearance will only undermine the governments deficit reduction credibility. In terms of further cuts to public spending a £1.5bn off other heads will stir up more opposition, say in local government. It is not the financial plans for 2015/16 that is the problem - it is the next five months.
Comment on: Times aren't normal for health policy debate
I agree indulging in feverish hyperbole about health privatisation is not wise for Mr Burnham. However he has had some pioneering treatment and is believed to be fully recovered. Hopefully Yvette Cooper is now in remission after signing the provision of a disastrous private hospital in Stevenage now handed back to the NHS. There is no getting away from the 2012 Act as a disaster - institutionalised post code lottery strangely called Clinical Commissioning Groups when only GP's are on the board, fragmentation of primary care, public health and specialist commissioning as well as perpetual revolution in the provision of CSU services, not to mention section 75 which has lead to more and more chunks of the health service leased to private companies like Circle in Bedfordshire (MSK).