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Walking Backwards for Christmas

Introduction by Professor Marcus Longley, Director of WIHSC and Professor of Applied Health Policy Glyn Griffiths is one of the noble band of WIHSC Associates on whom we rely for much of our work.  A pharmacist by training, and a … Continue reading

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At last, a way of viewing politics with maturity

Last week’s Wales Report (BBC1 on 12.11.14) on the NHS turned out to be a real demonstration of how to support public scrutiny and democracy in a different, more modern way. Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford’s performance was … Continue reading

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Defending standards in a time of austerity

The governance of the NHS is probably not an obvious spectator sport, much less one you would thinking of taking part in.  (What does it mean, even?)  But we really should be pulling on our boots and getting ready to … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with our hospitals in Wales?

Do you ever wonder what’s really happening to the NHS in Wales?  There’s lots of talk about hospital ‘down-grading’, shortage of money, patients treated without dignity… and equally, stories of marvellous care, lives saved and miraculous research.  But what does … Continue reading

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Big strike day on Wednesday, but only if you’re flying?

The media coverage of this week’s public service industrial action provides us with further evidence that the value base of society has changed and continues to change.  If the strikes are as successful as the Unions intend, we are facing … Continue reading

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The NHS and Competition

The NHS in Wales and England have been on a different trajectory over the role of competition in healthcare for some time. The role of competition is contentious, but recently the work of economists like Carol Propper[1] has been important in … Continue reading

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These lapses in caring for the elderly show how stretched the NHS is

Disturbing press and media coverage about recent reports exposing the shortfalls in the care of older people in our hospitals is very worrying. While the snapshots these reports provide do not give a true picture of how all hospitals and … Continue reading

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Dis-integration of the NHS

The following contribution to the fierce debate on the reform of NHS England is published in today’s Guardian from WIHSC Visiting Professor, David Hands. Dear Editor You are right (editorial, 16 March 2011) to suspect that the government’s proposal, in … Continue reading

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Why GPs Should not Commission Specialist Health Services

Contrary to manifesto promises and most informed opinion, the UK government is imposing a radical, expensive and ideologically driven restructuring on the NHS in England.  The central feature is the proposed delegation of the £80 billion annual budget for hospital … Continue reading

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History teaches us that working together works

It’s useful, now and again, to look back on our past successes.  This is not just to make ourselves feel good – although a little bit of that now and again does no harm – but to learn the lessons … Continue reading

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