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Andrew Lansley

Walk in centre

Coalition health reforms 'damaging and distracting', says think tank

The coalition government’s flagship legislation on health was ‘damaging and distracting’, and ‘historians will not be kind in their assessment’ of its record on NHS reform, an influential think tank has claimed.

David Flory

Some trusts will not become FTs until 2018, says Flory

The chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority has said some trusts will not be authorised for at least another four years.

Weston General Hospital

Second trust abandons private franchise option

A second district general hospital trust has ruled out being run by a private company under a franchise agreement.

Sir David Nicholson

Nicholson exit interview: Rules and structures are blocking change

NHS providers are wasting energy pursuing foundation trust status when the model is “not going to work in the future”, Sir David Nicholson has said.

Close crop of Andrew Lansley's eyes to illustrate Lansley's 2010 vision

CSUs prepare to form partnerships to ensure survival

Commissioning support units are engaged in a “ritual dance” to find appropriate partners after NHS England signalled another round of consolidation in the sector.

Andy Burnham

Burnham: NHS 'hearts and minds' behind my integration plan

NHS staff will back further reorganisation of the NHS by a Labour government because their “hearts and minds” are behind the party’s plans for integration of the health and social care systems, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said.

Jeremy Hunt

High Court quashes Lewisham downgrade decision

The decision to downgrade services at Lewisham Hospital has been quashed in the High Court.

Woman on mobile phone

UPDATED: How HSJ has covered the NHS 111 rollout debacle

A round-up of HSJ’s comprehensive coverage of the problematic NHS 111 rollout, from its announcement in 2010 to the most recent developments

MPs criticise Lansley reforms over A&E problems

The Commons health committee has put part of the blame for recent accident and emergency performance on Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms.


Lansley intervention damaged patient care, says Carnall

The former NHS London chief executive has said Andrew Lansley damaged patient care by halting the capital’s large-scale service change programme.

David Flory

Flory: 'Loss of experience is greater than I’ve seen'

David Flory has said the current NHS reforms have prompted the greatest loss of management experience of any health service reorganisation he has seen in his career.

Illustration of red pipe with knot in it

Analysed: the state of the FT pipeline

HSJ Briefing is our in-depth analysis of key issues facing some of the major NHS health economies. This week we examine the state of the foundation trust pipeline in the wake of the Francis inquiry.

Catford cat

Analysed: The fate of Lewisham Hospital

This week’s HSJ Local Briefing looks at the south east London health economy, which is the first to be subject to the failure regime.

Illustration of red pipe with knot in it

Trusts get chance to push back FT application dates

Trusts are being asked to re-submit their target dates for attaining foundation status amid new evidence that significant numbers will fail to complete the process by the original deadline.


Lansley adviser criticises friends and family test focus

Andrew Lansley’s former policy adviser has criticised the friends and family patient satisfaction test, saying it is “too narrow and too crude” to be the main focus of the NHS.

Health action party targets coalition seats

A new political party dedicated to opposing the government’s reforms of the NHS has said it will target the seats of high-profile Tories, including prime minister David Cameron, at the next general election.

Jeremy Hunt in parliament 13th Nov 2012

Mandate approach will avoid perverse incentives

The government has rejected the use of fixed national targets in its mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board in favour of seeking continuous improvement against the NHS outcomes framework.  

Trusts to be rewarded for friends and family test success

For all the talk of easing top-down control of trusts, the mandate mentions some levers that could hit providers.

Carnall: Way must be found to speed up reconfigurations

Carnall calls for service reconfigurations to be accelerated

The head of NHS London has warned the government risks “stifling the ambition” of clinical commissioning groups if it does not find a way to speed up service reconfigurations.

David Bennett

Commissioner behaviour is main barrier to independent sector providers

Tendering behaviour is preventing a more diverse provider landscape, Monitor has indicated.


End Game: Lansley's parting policy potshots

He has no problem questioning the cancer drugs fund

Doctor holding scales cartoon

Queen's Speech: We can't avoid legislation for ever

The DH is stepping outside or ignoring legislation

Save the NHS London Big Ben

The future will be tough, whoever's in power

Michael White assesses Cameron’s victory and Labour’s next move

Rob Whiteman

Culture change will make or break devo Manc reform

Solutions are needed to combat the delivery risks of devolution


End Game: Taking speculation to the nth degree

What does the “N” in “NHS” stand for?

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