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How useful is competition in improving hospital performance?

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Nick Black 30 September 2014
Over the last few years there have been attempts in England to investigate scientifically the claim that competition between health care providers leads to better outcomes. The arguments for and again...
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Whither quality?

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Richard Taunt 25 September 2014
What does the future hold for quality in the NHS? We’ve certainly become accustomed to the quality of health care rising steadily in England. As recently as 2007, only half of those waiting for ...
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A desire to cooperate: could it bring us through hard times?

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Chris Streather 25 September 2014
Last month I spent an interesting Tuesday with 25 health care leaders from across the country discussing approaches to quality in times of austerity. Our brief was to tackle the question of whether th...
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We are not alone! Other countries have problems too...and we can learn from them

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Jonathan Bamber 25 September 2014
‘The NHS is famously bad at looking outward for lessons on how to respond to new challenges, preferring to find its own way...What I find intriguing and perhaps reassuring is the sense of famili...
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The road to a national strategy for human factors: Part 3 – what should it be like?

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Martin Bromiley 22 September 2014
I wrote part 1 and part 2 of this blog as a small group of people were struggling with the question, ‘how do we close the gap in patient safety?’ Let me explain what I mean by ‘the g...
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