Category Archives: Election

The next government must make high quality cancer care a priority during, and after, the upcoming general election

Guest Blog by Ellie Rose, Public Affairs Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support There are now 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. By 2020, this is estimated to rise to 3 million. And by the end of next year … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: Think carefully about value-based drug pricing in the UK and let common sense prevail.

David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt share an important skill. They both have firsts from Oxford in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). I am not the greatest fan of this course because I would like to see more scientists, engineers and … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: A wrong decision on UK drug pricing could seriously undermine all the good work that HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have done to encourage the UK pharmaceutical industry.

The recent local elections highlight the political dangers ahead. The current UK coalition government has lost popularity through decisions that do not all relate to austerity measures. Shortly after the General Election Andrew Lansley’s plans to increase the say of … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: The NHS needs outstanding management as well as a legal framework, for example, to unlock the potential of the property portfolio.

The potential for improved efficiency in delivering effective healthcare within the framework of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 is enormous.  However, there will be no benefit without the management skills needed to take up the challenges. Many future … Continue reading

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Political Mood Change over the NHS, Innovation and the Pharmaceutical Industry in 2011

As 2011 draws to a close now is a good time to reflect on the period since the last UK General Election in 2010. We must consider what we have done right, what we have done wrong and what remains … Continue reading

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NHS Reforms- The waiting room

The King’s Fund has recently published a report that has revealed that waiting room times have increased since June 2010. The Guardian, reporting on this, comments that most of the arguments put forward for NHS reform become irrelevant when the … Continue reading

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Health Team with experience bodes well

Well it’s slow going but so far we know that Paul Burstow, Simon Burns and Anne Milton are in Andrew Lansley’s new team. They all come with a track record of involvement with health which will mean they can all … Continue reading

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What will a ConLib partnership do for health?

Well according to our policy tracker there is more common ground between the Tories and the Lib Dems than you might think. The big differences are that the Tories would want an Independent NHS Board, thousands more health visitors and … Continue reading

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Kings Fund withdrawal of accusation of ‘sleight of hand’ & DH still tweeting

Yesterday 2020health blogged on the King’s Fund accusation of dishonesty of claims that the Conservative Party could fund more cancer drugs by savings made from a rise in National Insurance. This accusation, as we pointed out yesterday, is factually incorrect … Continue reading

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