Efficiency in the NHS – again…

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The efficiency football is going to be kicked around the Health Service, seemingly interminably. On one team are the government, the policy wonks and beancounters, who now have an outright majority in parliament to execute their plan and some new moral ooomph thanks to the promise of an £8bn budgetary injection. On the other side of the pitch are the many stressed doctors and nurses, the creaking facilities (or new ones burdened by crippling PFI or PFI2 repayments) and the looming burden of an ageing population with inexorably growing healthcare needs. This match is why there is a steady trickle of stories in …

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An Autumn Statement for Infrastructure

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. The big project in Chancellor Osborne’s Autumn Statement was the announcement that Britain will play a leading role in the international programme for the exploration of Mars. Nothing wrong with a bit of ambition, but let’s focus closer to home. Britain has done quite a good job of commissioning infrastructure projects to prime the economic pump since the recession began in 2008. Whether you agree with the projects or not (HS2, I’m talking about you…), we know that Big Construction brings big benefits. Crossrail is 75% done, HS2 is on its way, there will …

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