Reflecting on the journey back from Australia to England, Mark Jennings concludes that there are great similarities between these two health systems on opposite sides of the world.
The coalition government is promising real-terms growth for the NHS, but in practice this will be very small. So how should the NHS respond to this new world?
Much of the conversation at the NHS Confederation annual conference has been about productivity. How will the NHS cope with increasing demand?
Last week's GSK IMPACT awards showcased the very best in third sector provision of health and social care services. (Blog, Mark Jennings, 4 May 2010)
This week's Institute for Fiscal Studies' report drew attention to the political manifestos, but contained less information about how they would balance public finances.
David Nicholson's Operating Framework for 2010/11 will look familiar to the NHS, with many of its messages reinforcing the Next Stage Review.
Listen to Mark Jennings' presentation, where he argued that care can only be judged to be high quality if it is also delivered efficiently.
Does the NHS have the skills to continue the drive to improve quality despite the impending budget cuts? Mark Jennings reports from our 2009 annual conference.
Much of the health care improvement over the past decade has been characterised by high levels of investment - how will the NHS cope with the new financial challenge?