Our briefing on procurement and competition law attempts something rare in the current debate: a purely technical discussion of whether an incoming government could dismantle the current rules given the relationships between UK and EU law.
What are the repercussions of the Competition Commission's rejection of the proposed merger in Bournemouth and Poole?
How does the Health and Social Care Act differ from Lansley's original plans? And what challenges will the NHS face now as the Act is implemented?
While opposition to the Bill has got louder, there has been relatively little debate about the new powers for Monitor and what they will mean in practice.
Chris Ham puts forward the argument that the complexity and importance of the issues at stake cannot be reduced to the simple question, are you for or against the Bill?
With the Royal College of Nursing announcing their opposition to the Health and Social Care Bill recently, Chris Ham considers the next steps for the health reforms.
Francesca Frosini asks how a new measurement of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals will help to assess patient choice.
Will amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill affecting the role of the Co-operation and Competition Panel and Monitor truly affect competition in the NHS?
Rachael Addicott asks if social enterprises will be able to compete with the big players in health care in her blog.
At a time of rapid policy change in health care, there is a thirst for international insight: so what can other countries teach us about health system reform?
Has the government really listened to opinion on the Health and Social Care Bill? And if so, how will any new system of commissioning be held accountable?
Are referral management centres in line with national policy on free choice of elective care and the principles of co-operation and competition?
Debate about competition in the NHS is often polarised between those who are opposed to private sector involvement in the NHS and those who think the NHS needs to be broken up.
The NHS is already implementing radical changes to commissioning, but GP consortia are not commissioning services yet: what should health care providers do in the meantime?
Anna Dixon asks if the reforms in the Health and Social Care Bill revolutionary or simply an evolution of the previous government's policy.
As the Health and Social Care Bill is due to be published, we look ahead to see what key issues need to be resolved, including regulation and commissioning.
The government last week published two new consultations on choice and information, which could have significant implications for how end-of-life care is delivered.
Anna Dixon comments on the recent controversy stirred up by the publication of Dr Foster's latest mortality figures.
This week The King's Fund and the Institute of Fiscal Studies has published its analysis of the likely economic environment for the NHS over the next decade.
John Appleby considers whether we really understand how complex and difficult managing a market for commissioning in the NHS.