Peers’ dressing down could prompt Government re-think on NHS delivery

This government and its predecessors received a dressing down from the Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS last week. The committee of peers published its report on the health service and its ability to deliver under increasing financial and demand pressures. Criticism was firmly focused on the ‘short sightedness’ of successive governmentsRead more

NHS and social care funding: ask, beg, plead and you shall receive

This week’s budget proved the government had heeded the warnings, pleadings and eventual shouting from the health and social care sector that things could not go on without some form of cash injection. Although May appeared steely in her resolve throughout the winter crisis – that the NHS had been given all the funding itRead more

Investing in U.K. plc

Recently Greg Clark announced £229 million investment in science, research and innovation as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Welcomed by industry and a boost to the two new world-class centres that will be built, the announcement cements the government’s commitment to Life Sciences as a central pillar of championing brand ‘U.K. plc’. The IndustrialRead more

Pharma, Brexit and the Industrial Strategy: a lasting relationship or a brief affair?

“It is hard to think of an industry of greater strategic importance to Britain than its pharmaceutical industry”. These were Theresa May’s words on the Prime Ministerial campaign trail in July 2016, and they were echoed last week in a leaked government document listing pharma as a high priority industry in the wake of Brexit.Read more

Adult social care – finding the opportunity amidst the risk

2016 was a year of surprises, not least for the British Government. With unprecedented international political challenges in the form of Brexit and Trump, it is perhaps inevitable that domestic policies have taken a back seat. Adult social care is a prime example. Playing second fiddle not only to Brexit but also, historically, the NHS,Read more

Workforce woes? Political risk and the UK labour market

Something of a political football during both 2015’s general election campaign and this year’s EU referendum, immigration has become a red line for government. In seeking to boost her Brexit credentials and win political ground from Labour and UKIP (despite having failed to reduce net migration during her six-year stint as Home Secretary) Theresa MayRead more

The path to accelerated access

Earlier this week we saw Sir Hugh Taylor publish the long awaited final report of the Accelerated Access Review. For many working in the industry and this policy area, there will be an acute sense of deja-vu. We’ve seen successive governments grapple to accelerate access for NHS patients to innovative medicines and technologies; it seemsRead more