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    Power to the patient

    Designing the NHS around the patient, providing more patient choice and control.

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  • Sean Worth on Sky News

    Sean Worth, Head of Policy Exchange's Better Public Services Project, appears on Sky News' Thinking Aloud show to discuss what's next for the NHS with Dr Jacky Davis. Sean called for the government to tackle vested interests blocking reform of the NHS and for patients to be given greater choice of their healthcare providers.

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    Sean Worth on Sky News
  • Jeremy Hunt on creating a digital NHS

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt set out a strategy for using new technologies to improve NHS services, including allowing patients online access to health records by March 2015, the NHS going paperless by 2018 and launching new research that shows how this new approach will improve patient care, reduce paperwork, and save the NHS billions.

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    Jeremy Hunt speech
  • Using Health Data to Develop Better Treatments

    Tim Kelsey, the NHS's National Director for Patients and Information, spoke on how better use of medical data has the potential to improve health, and will discuss ways medicine can become increasingly personalised. His speech was followed by a response from Rohan Silva, Senior Adviser on Policy to the Prime Minister.

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    NHS data
  • All Together Now

    Competitive integration in the NHS

    Perverse incentives in NHS funding structures have greatly increased the number of unnecessary admissions to hospitals over the last ten years by failing to encourage GPs and consultants to work together in the best interests of the patient. This report makes recommendations for encouraging health professionals to work together.

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    Integrated Care

Latest Health in the news

  • 10 April 2015 | Scaling up

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, is quoted in The Economist arguing that replacing many small GP clinics with bigger practices will adversely affect patient choice, which has been an effective part of improving GP services in recent years.

  • 19 January 2015 | ‘Happy’ NHS patients in exodus from private care

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, is quoted in The Times responding to reports that 400,000 people have dropped their private health cover. Thomas argues that the reasons behind this are likely to be economic.

Latest Health Publications

  • 01 November 2012 | All Together Now: Competitive integration in the NHS

    • Perverse incentives in NHS funding structures have greatly increased the number of unnecessary admissions to hospitals over the last ten years by failing to encourage GPs and consultants to work together in the best interests of the patient. The NHS pay and performance system needs to move away from considering each of their professional groups as an isolated case and encourage them to work together.

  • 04 April 2011 | Implementing GP Commissioning

    • Implementing GP Commissioning suggests that the Health and Social Care Bill’s proposals to abolish every Primary Care Trust (PCT) by 2013 could lead to the new structure replicating the existing system in all but name. The report says that by slowing down the proposed reforms, the potential to deliver real and lasting transformation in the NHS is enormous.

Latest Health Blogs

  • 16 March 2015 | What happened to patient choice?

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, reviews the Coalition's record on providing patient choice in the health service. Thomas finds a mixed set of results on patient choice and argues that policymakers need to actively manage the extent to which patients are being offered a choice in care services.

  • 05 February 2015 | Can the NHS get off the cost escalator?

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, considers the financial pressure that the NHS is under, with one in four Trusts and Foundation Trusts now in deficit. Thomas argues that the NHS must find new ways to work with other sectors or it will be stuck on a cost escalator for a long time to come.

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