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7 April 2010 | Comments: 1
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The election campaign has kicked off, and with many voters still undecided, there is everything to play for. We look at Labour's plans for health reform.
6 April 2010
Today the general election campaign began in earnest, with a strong suggestion that health and social care will be key issues for the three main parties.
1 April 2010
After just a year, the Care Quality Commission has registered all 378 NHS trusts in England that provide health care services: no mean feat in such a short timescale.
25 March 2010
This week's budget held no great surprises for the NHS. But as the financial situation gets harder, can the experience of patients be improved, while spending less?
11 March 2010 | Comments: 2
Variation in services has existed since the NHS began, but it will be interesting to see how the parties' greater commitment to localism will play out in practice.
1 March 2010 | Comments: 1
Could the impending general election be the first where social care is a key campaigning issue? Don't expect cross-party consensus yet, warns Richard Humphries.
23 February 2010
Tammy Boyce comments on the publication of the Marmot Review into inequalities in health care.
12 February 2010 | Comments: 1
The government says that UK cancer survival rates are amongst the worst in Europe and proof of the need for change. What do the comparative statistics tell us?
10 February 2010
Norman Lamb kicked off the first of The King's Fund's election breakfast debates on 9 February 2010. Anna Dixon reports from the event.
20 January 2010 | Comments: 6
Sometimes rectifying the smallest or simplest of things can transform patients' experience of care. Don't wait to form a committee, start trying to improve patients' experience now.
12 January 2010 | Comments: 3
The impression given that 'free care' of the elderly can be achieved without costs or trade-offs is not a solid foundation on which to build the reform of care.
11 January 2010 | Comments: 1
On 8 January 2010 David Cameron came to the Fund to answer questions from the public and professionals on transparency, targets and bureaucracy in health care.
16 December 2009
David Nicholson's Operating Framework for 2010/11 will look familiar to the NHS, with many of its messages reinforcing the Next Stage Review.
9 December 2009 | Comments: 1
The quality of NHS service does not have to be a casualty of the financial crisis - it could be an opportunity to focus on clinical improvement and effectiveness.
9 December 2009 | Comments: 3
Despite the NHS fairing relatively well in the Pre-Budget Report, the massive productivity challenge remains: a relentless five per cent a year for three years.
2 December 2009 | Comments: 2
Anna Dixon comments on the recent controversy stirred up by the publication of Dr Foster's latest mortality figures.
1 December 2009

Listen to extracts from my presentation speech alongside relevant slides by clicking on the small arrow in the bottom bar of the presentation. If you want to just scroll through the slides, use the arrow on the right hand side of the presentation.

27 November 2009 | Comments: 2

Listen to Mark Jennings' presentation, where he argued that care can only be judged to be high quality if it is also delivered efficiently.

27 November 2009 | Comments: 3
If you were a chief executive in the NHS deciding how to improve quality and reduce costs, what type of leadership improvement would you choose?
26 November 2009 | Comments: 2
The focus in workforce planning needs to be on developing a flexible approach that doesn't seek long-term precision but can enable the workforce to evolve and adapt.

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