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How do choice and competition drive quality in primary care?

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Darshan Patel 12 December 2013
A recent Financial Times news story illustrated how difficult it can be to encourage competition as a spur for systemic quality improvement in regulated markets. The FT reported that in a four-week p...
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Investigating patient deaths: a waste of time and money?

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Martin Bromiley 11 December 2013
Last week I met James Titcombe, National Advisor on Patient Safety and Culture at the Care Quality Commission (CQC). James is perhaps better known as the father of Joshua, who died at University Hospi...
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Austerity, healthcare and the Autumn Statement

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Peter Smith 09 December 2013
Last week’s Autumn Statement, delivered by George Osborne, makes little direct reference to health, but serves to underline the challenges confronting publicly funded health services in the Engl...
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There is a person in the patient

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Anya de Iongh 27 November 2013
Care itself is an interaction between people, so the prefix of ‘person-centred’ should be implicit, but I guess we need to clarify that there is a person in the patient. Since living with...
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Relationship-centred care, compassion and Lamas

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Graham Kramer 25 November 2013
I'm a little confused about the current discourse around person-centred care. I agree it seems inappropriate to call people ‘patients’ – some feel it objectifies people as dependent,...
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