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June 20, 2014

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» Clinicians and managers must end their standoff

Unless doctors and managers are less tribal and listen to more patient voices, NHS services will struggle to improve, argue Phil Banfield and Marcus Longley Relationships between medical and managerial tribes are rarely characterised by mutual understanding, harmony and common … Continue reading

June 12, 2014

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» Prudent healthcare: A ‘big idea’ that should disrupt business as usual

Prudent healthcare is a big idea, or it is nothing. But big ideas are not always welcome in public policy – they tend to disrupt ‘business as usual’. While we are spending our precious, finite thinking time on what the … Continue reading

October 17, 2012

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» What to do with the last third of your life?

It was my huge privilege to be one of the judges for the WRVS Diamond Champions award, whose Wales ceremony was held in Cardiff City Hall on Monday. Diamond Champions are people over the age of 60 who have shown … Continue reading

September 24, 2012

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» Patient inspectors

On one level, it’s very simple.  On another, it could change everything. The Department of Health in England has recently published the results of a survey about what matters most to patients about the hospital environment http://www.nationalvoices.org.uk/sites/www.nationalvoices.org.uk/files/p-li_survey_-_final_report.pdf .  Based on … Continue reading

May 14, 2012

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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

March 26, 2012

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» Bevan’s NHS: Ready for Retirement, or Just Coming Into Its Own?

A visitor from Mars, struck down by some Earthly bug as he circles in his space ship, couldn’t fail to appreciate how popular is our National Health Service.  Let’s hope that this would give him some confidence, as he waits … Continue reading

February 16, 2012

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» Have a look at the recent joint Inspectorates’ (CSSIW and HIW) review of the impact of the Older People National Service Framework in Wales

When you have a spare couple of minutes, have a look at the recent joint Inspectorates’ (CSSIW and HIW) review of the impact of the Older People National Service Framework in Wales.  Why? If you were ever in any doubt … Continue reading

July 28, 2011

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» Challenges facing the new Welsh Health and Social Services Minister

Who would be the new Minister for Health and Social Care?  She inherits a system under almost daily criticism, generally acknowledged to be unsustainable without major reform, and facing real terms cuts of about 20 per cent over the next … Continue reading

June 30, 2011

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» Recommendation that patients should report incidents is welcome

THE latest report by the Bevan Commission identifies a number of priorities for the Welsh NHS in the coming years. Many are about the way the NHS works with others – especially its potential and actual customers – but at … Continue reading

May 4, 2011

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» Marcus Longley reviews the parties’ election health pledges

When I was asked recently to summarise, for an English audience, the political debate on health in Wales, two things immediately stood out. The first was that none of the main parties in Wales want anything to do with what’s … Continue reading