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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

  • 28 November 2013 | Cigarettes WILL be sold in plain packets: Cameron's embarrassing double U-turn to defuse row over tobacco lobby

    • Following the announcement that the Government will go ahead will plans to sell cigarettes in plain packing, The Daily Mail highlights findings from Policty Exchange's 2010 report Cough Up which found that smoking costs society £14billion each year.

  • 15 August 2013 | Sean Worth on the View from 22

    • Sean Worth, Head of the Better Public Services Project at Policy Exchange, appears on The Spectator's View from 22 podcast to discuss their recent cover story on government reform of the NHS. Sean highlights the need for better procurement skills among civil servants and criticises the systemic lack of transparency in the NHS which prevents people from identifying the best hospitals and doctors for them.

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

  • 28 February 2014 | What’s wrong with care.data?

    • Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Digital Government, diagnoses the problems with care.data, the government's attempt to combine GP and hospital records in a new central database. Eddie argues that the initiative is failing to make clear its benefits to individuals and suffers from a lack of trust.

  • 16 July 2013 | Labour must bear the blame for the shameful decline of the NHS

    • Sean Worth, Head of Policy Exchange's Better Public Services Project, argues that while the easy option for Andy Burnham and Ed Miliband would be to continue to deny all culpability for the NHS’s failings, they should instead distance themselves from union extremists, and show they recognise where they have gone wrong. Their best approach would be to drop the ideological baggage and agree to some simple, tough decisions about how to prevent a repetition of the scandals that occurred on their watch.

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