Keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The release of the new Westworld and Humans series may have offered some escapism over recent months. But as the march towards the fourth industrial revolution continues apace, science fiction is fast becoming science fact. As we edge closer to the technology of tomorrow, a fierce debate has emerged about whether the UK workforce isRead more

The ‘Darzi Collaborative’: Why the AAC’s new Chair will give it some much-needed impetus

Today it was confirmed Lord Darzi will replace Sir Andrew Witty as Chair of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC). Led by NICE and drawing together 13 government departments, regulatory bodies and industry representatives, the AAC is tasked with “making the process of getting transformative technologies to patients quicker, cheaper and easier for innovators and theRead more

Hitting the target: where now for precision medicines?

Today (10th April 2018) WA Health has launched a new insight report on precision medicines, Hitting the target: Where now for precision medicines? In recent years precision medicines have become increasingly common as our understanding of disease, particularly cancer, has become more advanced. For example, lung cancer, once described as a single disease, is nowRead more

The new reality of healthcare delivery

Last week Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JP Morgan announced they are joining forces to take on the US healthcare market. While the news was light on the detail, everyone expects technology to be at the heart of their plans. These giants of American business want to offer their workforce “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare atRead 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

Strong and stable? How to read the political environment: Presentation to the 2017 HealthInvestor conference

I was very pleased to address the 2017 HealthInvestor UK conference in London last week, on the subject of how to read the current political environment. Below is a copy of my remarks. There are a number of questions that I’ve been asked to share some thoughts on today, namely: Is political chaos the newRead more

The Carter Review: Does the NHS know the price of everything but the value of nothing?

The long-awaited, and heavily trailed, Carter Review into productivity in English acute hospitals was finally published last Friday. After eighteen months of research the report sets out its findings on inefficiencies and variations across all resource areas in the acute sector, including in terms of costs, hours of care per patient day and stockholding days,Read more

Coalition health – Labour, Lib Dems and the NHS

Much in Labour’s 10-year plan for health and social care had already been well-rehearsed.  But having their proposition laid out in one document helps crystallise the potential shifts, flashpoints and – importantly, given the prospect of no party winning a parliamentary majority in May – where there’s alignment with other parties. The Lib Dems mayRead more