A ‘health tax’ won’t fix the NHS, but it’s a good start….

More than 100 years ago Winston Churchill, on a fact-finding mission to Germany on behalf of a UK Government Commission, marvelled at how the newly-created system of national insurance provided the German people with a safety net in times of sickness or unemployment. It was, in 1908, a revolutionary idea. Eager to keep pace withRead more

In the bleak mid-winter

This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. However, as things stand it doesn’t look to like it is going to be such a great year for this most treasured and valued institution.  2018 has begun with reports of a system in ‘crisis’, close to breaking point. Record numbers ofRead more

The Health Top Ten: Winter Edition

As the dark mornings set in and we all return to work, WA Health looks at the top ten trends, policy developments and potential pitfalls for the health sector to look out for in the run-up to Spring. New Year, New Me At this time of year many of us give ourselves New Year’s resolutionsRead more

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

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