1. Fact or fiction? Politicians make a difference to health system performance

    2 Apr 2015
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    As the longest election campaign in living memory moves into its closing stages, the main political parties are working harder than ever to emphasise the differences between themselves and their competitors. This is especially noticeable when it comes to the NHS, which has been one of the key battlegrounds of this election. But does the choice of political party really make that much of a difference to health system performance?

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  2. Fact or Fiction? Reconfiguring hospital services will deliver significant savings

    25 Mar 2015
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    NHS hospitals are under mounting financial pressure. A common belief is that the reconfiguration of hospital services, primarily through rationalising services across sites and shifting services into the community will help resolve these pressures.

    But how realistic is this belief? What does the evidence tell us?

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  3. Fact or Fiction? Declining hospital performance is down to a few ‘bad apples’

    13 Mar 2015
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    It’s inherent in our system that hospitals are individually punished for poor performance in some way. Indeed, since the early 2000s, performance management and a financial drive has continued to push for achievements on access targets. But can the recent decline in national average performance be explained by a minority of failing hospitals?

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  4. Fact or fiction? Demand for GP appointments is driving the ‘crisis’ in general practice

    3 Mar 2015
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    Headlines and stories about the ‘crisis’ in general practice have become commonplace over the last year or so. A demoralised and squeezed workforce is struggling to meet the needs of increasing numbers of patients demanding immediate appointments. Or so the narrative goes.

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  5. Fact or Fiction? The NHS has too many managers

    19 Feb 2015
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    It’s election season, and NHS managers and 'bureaucracy' are once again in the firing line. The Coalition boast of putting “more money on to the front line and less into management”; Labour and its supportive press accuse them of the opposite. So who's right? 

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  6. Fact or Fiction? Targets improve quality in the NHS

    13 Feb 2015
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    Views on targets are highly polarised, and recently there has been much anguish and headlines that the NHS is "dying" and "third world". But are targets good or bad for the NHS? Ian Blunt looks at the facts. 

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  7. Fact or Fiction? The Welsh NHS performs poorly compared to the English NHS

    5 Feb 2015
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    Claims about the Welsh NHS fly back and forth between politicians in Westminster and Cardiff Bay: Labour politicians can barely appear on national media without being questioned about their record running the NHS in Wales and Welsh NHS staff and patients find themselves at the centre of a fierce debate almost every week at Prime Minister’s Questions.

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  8. Fact or Fiction? Social care cuts are to blame for the 'crisis' in hospital emergency departments

    29 Jan 2015
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    Rising demand for urgent and emergency care is not a new challenge. But in recent months, there’s been a scramble to find explanations for the overheating hospital sector. Nigel Edwards examines what we do know. 

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