Useful links

Uncovered McKinsey report challenged ‘free at point of delivery’ pledge

A report prepared by consultants McKinsey suggests politicians may need to “challenge the principle that the NHS is free at the point of delivery” in order to fund healthcare. The report explores a number of options based on abandoning that … Continue reading

Useful health links for December 19th to January 8th

Here are the health-related links that have caught our eyes between December 19th and January 8th: Thousands of Summary Care Records created without consent in NHS IT blunder | News Article | Pulse Today – Dr Paul Cundy, chair of … Continue reading

Will commissioners respond to feedback?

A date for your editorial diary in the latest briefing from the NHS Commissioning Board, on one specific pledge being made on health services: “All NHS patients should have the opportunity to leave feedback, in real time, on any service, … Continue reading

Scrutinising the new health system? Health and wellbeing boards

There’s a quick guide to health and wellbeing boards on the Department of Health website, explaining how they are intended to guide spending decisions under the new health system, where clinical commissioning groups control £60bn of spending. Some highlights for … Continue reading

Hospital blunders investigated by Melanie Hall

Help Me Investigate user Melanie Hall has been using Freedom of Information requests to look at ‘hospital blunders’: serious untoward incidents (SUIs) and ‘never events’. She reports: “Surgeons operating on the wrong side of the body, swabs left inside patients after … Continue reading

NHS Commissioning Board livestreams its board meetings

Transparency is supposed to be a key element of the new clinical commissioning NHS system – something we’ll be looking closely at. So it’s encouraging to see that the new NHS Commissioning Board has been livestreaming its board meetings, then … Continue reading

Useful health links for October 30th to November 19th

Here are the health-related links that have caught our eyes between October 30th and November 19th: BBC News – Consultants warn care hit by poor deals on supplies – For this investigation, Ernst and Young looked at 10 NHS hospital … Continue reading

Two resources for reporting health

If you’re reporting on health issues here are two useful resources for health journalists: European Health Journalism (register for free to gain access) includes a range of resources on reporting health policy, healthcare quality and performance, conflicts of interest and health … Continue reading

Health news roundup for October 5th to October 29th

Here are the health-related links that have caught our eyes between October 5th and October 29th: The Green Benches: Virgin Care represent the greatest conflict of interest in the history of the NHS – The GP Practices in Virgin Care’s … Continue reading

The role of local councils in scrutinising clinical commissioning

A parliamentary written answer from Anna Soubry MP provides some useful information for those interested in the lines of accountability of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). In short, this involves consulting with the local authority’s health and wellbeing board, which in … Continue reading