We owe it to patients and taxpayers

The annual report on the sustainability of public finances was published today by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) – the government's independent economic forecaster. These are numbers th...

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Anita Charlesworth

Some Christmas cheer for the NHS?

A little bit of Christmas cheer might be in the offing for the NHS in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement after he announced additional funding of anything up to £2bn for the NHS in 2015-16 on Sunday...

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Anita Charlesworth

A transformation fund for the NHS

It is now widely accepted that, in order to meet the challenges facing the health and care system, the NHS will need both to improve productivity and to receive a real-terms increase in funding. It...

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Anita Charlesworth

Time for a new year’s resolution

With bonfire night over most of us are now counting down to Christmas – letters to Santa being carefully crafted and party outfits bought. For the team at the Department of Health (DH) the festive ...

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Anita Charlesworth

A failed firebreak

The firebreak is not enough and the plan is unravelling at frightening speed. All parts of the NHS must work together if the cataclysmic financial storm is to be survived...

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Anita Charlesworth

NHS finances: running the Red Queen's race

As the country’s top priority and biggest employer, the NHS receives a lot of attention. With the diversity of messages reported, it can be confusing. On the one hand there are reports of staff sho...

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Ben Gershlick

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