Review of the year, 2018

Brexit, money, a big anniversary and the promise of along-term plan, winter pressures and summer pressures, a new health secretary, “interoperable data standards”, and national apps. Lyn Whitfield looks back over the NHS and health...

Budget analysis: trick or treat?

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Budget on Monday so he didn’t have to deliver it on Halloween. The event was still haunted by the ghost of the NHS birthday present and the spectre of the...

Analysis: the NHS ten-year plan

The health service was promised a £20 billion ‘birthday present’ for NHS70. Now, a ten-year plan is being developed to work out how to spend the money. Lyn Whitfield asks what we know so far,...

Dear Matt Hancock…

In his first speech as health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock announced that one of his three priorities for his new department is technology. He even announced – or perhaps more accurately re-announced –...

Hancock’s half month

In the fortnight since he took over from Jeremy Hunt as health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock has given one major speech and made his first appearance in front of the Commons’ health committee....

Will NHS IT look good in LHCRE?

NHS Digital has announced that three areas of the country will become local health and care record exemplars. But what are the so-called LHCREs looking to achieve? Lyn Whitfield explains. Another new acronym? Healthcare IT...

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