The Bedpan

The Bedpan is HSJ’s weekly interview series with influential figures from (usually) outside the health world who nevertheless have interesting views on the challenges facing the NHS. The Bedpan is named after Nye Bevan’s apocryphal quote and pays particular attention to how politics impacts the NHS and vice versa. If there is any political or influential figure you would like HSJ to interview, please email alastair.mclellan@wilmingtonhealthcare.com.

The Bedpan

Bill Moyes

The Bedpan: The NHS must take gambling seriously

This week: Bill Moyes, chair of the Gambling Commission

Sarah Jones

The Bedpan: Being stabbed is ‘a real teachable moment’

This week: Sarah Jones MP, chair of the all-party Parliamentary group on knife crime

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The Bedpan: 'You must attend the opening of every new MRI'

This week: Part two of our interview with Ben Page, chief executive of pollsters Ipsos MORI

Matt Tee

The Bedpan: 'It’s about decency and what your readers want'

This week: Matt Tee, chief executive of the Independent Press Standards Organisation

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The Bedpan: 'Suddenly that vast gorilla is very interested in you'

This week: Ben Page, chief executive of pollsters Ipsos MORI

Susie Green

The Bedpan: 'GPs are scared... I don't blame them'

This Week: Susie Green, chief executive of trans-child charity Mermaids

Chris Bryant

The Bedpan: I despise bandwagon jumpers

This Week: Chris Bryant, Labour MP for Rhondda since 2001

Sir Andrew Dillon

Dillon: We should have thought harder on safe staffing

This week: Sir Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

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The Bedpan: The NHS is politics incarnate

This week: The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee

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The Bedpan: The accidental MP

This week: Labour MP for Stockton South, Dr Paul Williams

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The Bedpan: ‘Kick off as much as you like, your A&E’s going’

This Week: Sir Mike Penning, Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead

Paul Johnson

The Bedpan: Soaking the rich won’t fund the NHS

This week: Paul Johnson, director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies

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The Bedpan: The NHS doesn't exist to provide jobs for migrants

This week: Neil Anderson, director of Migration Watch

Jeremy Heywood

Jeremy Heywood - an appreciation

This week: Jeremy Heywood

Torsten Bell

The Bedpan: The public are not idiots

This week: Torsten Bell, director of the Resolution Foundation

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The best of The Bedpan 2018

HSJ expanded its comment section in October with the launch of The Bedpan, a Sunday morning fix for health policy junkies in the form of interviews by our editor Alastair McLellan.

Philippa Whitford

The Bedpan: “Excuse me, pal”

This week: Philippa Whitford MP, SNP health shadow

Johnny Mercer

The Bedpan: The Army takes values more seriously than the NHS

This week: Johnny Mercer MP for Plymouth Moor View

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The Bedpan: Wollaston to the rescue

This week: Part two of our in-depth interview with Dr Sarah Wollaston, focusing on her role as the chair of the Commons health and social care committee. Part one is here.

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The Bedpan: Still rattling cages

This week: Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP for Totnes and chair of the Commons health committee

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The Bedpan: Financially illiterate and morally wrong

This week: Luciana Berger, Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree

John_OConnell

The Bedpan: Let them eat pizza

This week: John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance

Paul Mason

The Bedpan: The NHS after capitalism

The Bedpan is HSJ’s new weekly political column. This week, it features Paul Mason, former journalist and an intellectual driving force of the resurgent radical left.

Fraser Nelson

The Bedpan: Stevens’ Tory Plan

The Bedpan is HSJ’s new weekly political column. This week, it features Fraser Nelson, the editor of Tory ‘house magazine’ the Spectator.

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