Anna Dixon gives her thoughts on the Nuffield Trust's health and social care ratings review into whether there should be a summary rating for hospitals and other care providers.
Anna Dixon gives her reaction to the recommendations set out in the long-awaited Francis Inquiry report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
The NHS Commissioning Board has issued its ‘planning guidance’ to the 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that are to take control of local budgets from April. So what message does it send to CCGs?
Time to Think Differently is our new programme of work aimed at stimulating debate about the changes needed for the NHS and social care to meet the challenges of the future.
Anna Dixon looks at the difficulties in setting objectives for the NHS and at how the NHS Commissioning Board can be effectively held accountable for £80 billion of public money.
Following Nicholas Timmins's book on the story of NHS reform, Anna Dixon looks at the events that led to the Act reaching the statute book.
Looking back on the conference, Anna Dixon considers outstanding reform issues, including the difficult decisions that must be made around hospital reconfiguration.
Anna Dixon discusses whether asking patients what care they wanted could be a much simpler solution towards making savings.
A Public Accounts Committee report has highlighted the challenges the CQC has faced since it was set up. But are we expecting too much from a quality regulator?
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.
Anna Dixon explains why it will only be possible to deliver productivity improvements in the NHS by using human as well as financial resources differently.
Anna Dixon discusses the need to rethink how we commission and contract with primary care if the ambitions of integrated care are to be realised.
After the CQC report on quality of care, Anna Dixon asks if acute hospitals are providing the right care for people with dementia.
Anna Dixon asks if ever-increasing specialisation in acute care is benefitting patients in her new blog.
Anna Dixon asks what lessons should the coalition government learn from New Labour's NHS reforms?
While David Cameron announced public services reform, Anna Dixon says the real challenge is translating them into practice in a service as diverse as the NHS.
Privatisation or diversification: what do the changes to the NHS reforms mean for the private and voluntary sectors?
Some opposition to the Health Bill focused on the privatisation of the NHS. Anna Dixon explains what the NHS reforms will truly mean for the private and voluntary sectors.
A year ago, few people would have guessed we would have a coalition of Liberal Democrats and Conservatives. So what has been the impact on reforming the NHS?
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.