NHS England: What’s on the agenda?

In the next 24 hours, NHS England leaders will be gathering at Skipton House for their last Board meeting of the year. In the shadow of a Budget that delivered half the money they asked for and with a cold winter creeping in, this Board meeting will be a watershed moment for Simon Stevens. WARead more

Industrial Strategy: big vision and Grand Challenges but does the policy match the ambition?

It was long (nearly 250 pages), at times repetitive and much of the content was either announced at the Budget or is a restatement of existing policies or strategies. But the Government’s long awaited Industrial Strategy was nevertheless one of the most significant documents published by Theresa May’s Government to date. This is, first andRead more

But her emails!: Could an email be about to bring down the Irish Government? And what does it mean for the UK?

It was announced last week that a vote of no confidence motion in the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), Frances Fitzgerald TD, is to be tabled in the Dáil Éireann by Fianna Fáil, the second largest party in the Irish Parliament. Sinn Féin had already said they would table a similar motion earlier on Thursday lastRead more

Hammond’s Budget: a sticking plaster for an NHS on life support

The Budget was foreshadowed by persistent calls from the medical royal colleges, health charities and NHS organisations to commit the government to greater funds and find a long-term sustainable funding solution for the NHS and social care. Despite irritating the Treasury with these demands, these calls have not fallen completely on deaf ears. The ChancellorRead more

Going Dutch: What does the European Medicines Agency’s move to Amsterdam mean for the UK?

Dramatic tension and medicines regulation are two terms not often seen together. And yet Monday’s meeting of the EU27 – a dog-fight for the spoils of Brexit – was certainly a spectacle to get the heart racing. For the Italian EU Affairs Minister, whose Milanese entry eventually lost out to Amsterdam by the toss ofRead more

Justice denied? Legal aid reform is back on the agenda

There were some mixed views on the policies proposed at Labour Party conference a couple of months ago, but many in the legal profession have strongly supported the findings of the Labour-backed Bach Commission report, published by the Fabian Society last month. A two year long review led by former Labour justice minister Lord Bach,Read more

WA Communications wins PharmaTimes Communications Team of the Year 2017

WA Communications’ specialist health practice, WA Health, has been crowned the PharmaTimes Communications Team of the Year 2017. At a ceremony and awards dinner last night (09/11), the team beat four other finalists in the NHS competition category at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. The PharmaTimes Communications Team of the Year competition assesses communicationsRead more

Fighting talk: Where does power lie in government?

It has been a tumultuous few months in UK politics by anyone’s standards. That we’ve just witnessed the second resignation of a Cabinet minister within a week only serves to underline how difficult things have become for the government. The fundamental weakness of Theresa May’s position has been under the spotlight, as she frantically fightsRead more