Okay, now we've had the time to think about it, read the reactions and abreactions, I think we can all agree that the 'new deal' for general practice is... pants.
As many CCGs encourage local practices to form provider federations, a founder of one of the first groups has given advice on the benefits and pitfalls of launching into a commercial world.
One CCG is setting a glowing example of how the NHS could embrace tried and tested methods from the commercial sector, by adopting a modern technique to evaluate innovative technologies.
Health economists identify two very different sorts of efficiencies within healthcare systems - allocative and technical.
People have been asking me what I think will be the biggest threat to the NHS in the next five years. My answer is simple: workforce.
Few people would contest that the rolling out of personal budgets in the area of mental health is a radical change to the usual funding mechanisms.
The NHS Confederation conference in the first week of June is usually a place for the transfer of information between different parts of the NHS.
I needed to get my windscreen replaced last week. The chap who came to do it has ten years of experience, a 0.8% failure rate and a customer satisfaction rating of 'Excellent' for 95.6% of the time. I know all this because he explained how their performance system works.
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