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    Big hairy audacious cliche


    End Game was chuffed to see Ara Darzi was returning to health policy world as chair of the London Health Commission, and sincerely hopes that his high quality thoughts actually get listened to this time.Thumbing through the commission’s recently published evidence summary, we also noted another

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    A new boss to navigate us through the next few years


    NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens must be prepared to change direction should he find himself going the wrong way

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    Daughters of fortune


    The world of finance is more commonly associated with mammon and the love of money, aka the root of all evil, than with holiness and the simple life of devotion to the Lord.So imagine our surprise when we learned that a group of nuns called the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liège

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    A salty bullet


    Forget about pay restraint, referral management and primary care prescribing, there’s a new show in QIPP town apparently – bath salts.Reports have reached End Game, via fashion and beauty bible Cosmopolitan, that these “age old health boosters” could also save the NHS £14.5 billion annually.Yes,

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    Sophisticated Simon


    By now, you should be aware that the NHS’s Lord and saviour Simon Stevens launched his descent into the NHS with an appearance on his first day in the North East of England.

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    In the NHS you need political skills to survive


    The casualty rate among chief executives is rising. To survive they need to hone their political skills. But what does it mean to be politically aware and sensitive?

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    The Nicholson Index


    In one of his last speeches as NHS England boss, Sir David Nicholson gave his final assessment of the reformed commissioning sector, a year post-transition.Clinical commissioning groups were given a strong eight marks out of 10, and credited them for the fact that the system had not rapidly

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    Beneath blue suburban skies


    If John Winston Lennon and Paul James McCartney had written Penny Lane today instead of back in the sixties they may have replaced their fond reference to the barbers shop with a hospital.And not just any hospital. Private healthcare firm Spire has announced the building at Number One Penny Lane is

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    Shakin' Simon


    Simon Stevens’ arrival at NHS England has been marked, in what is becoming the conventional fashion, by an unfunny Twitter spoof account.Twitter fans may be aware that previous attempts to caricature Mr Stevens’ predecessor, Sir David Nicholson, rapidly ran out of puff and were nothing like as

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    The NHS should resist the American way


    There are too many cultural differences for US business methods to translate into success in the UK public sector