Public service reform more urgent than ever

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Wednesday, 30 June 2010 at 11:27 am   A new paper from the Centre for Economic Performance finds that competition in the NHS improves hospital efficiency without any negative impact on patient outcomes. (New Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, right, has little to do with this story.) “Does Hospital Competition Improve Efficiency? An Analysis of … Continue reading Public service reform more urgent than ever

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What is “unenforceable” about child benefit cut?

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Thursday, 28 October 2010 at 1:48 pm Iain Martin has a great scoop this morning, quoting a Treasury source as saying that the Government’s plan to abolish child benefit for households with a higher-rate income tax payer is “unenforceable”, and predicting that it will be ditched before its scheduled introduction in 2013. … Continue reading What is “unenforceable” about child benefit cut?

The Collapse of the Soviet Model

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Tuesday, 7 December 2010 at 10:35 pm Maybe Andrew Lansley knows what he is doing after all. Dr Clare Gerada (right), who takes over tomorrow as chair of the Royal College of GPs, tells The Guardian what she thinks of his reforms: I think it is the end of the NHS as we … Continue reading The Collapse of the Soviet Model

No Short Cut to Office

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Wednesday, 15 December 2010 at 2:30 pm Interesting George Osborne article in next month’s Prospect (subscription) in which the Chancellor elaborates on “one particularly dismal moment” of opposition – when the Conservatives voted in 2004 against higher tuition fees repayable after graduation. We concocted an alternative policy no one really believed in to justify our … Continue reading No Short Cut to Office

Advice for Ed Miliband: Don’t Fall Off the Roof

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Monday, 3 January 2011 at 3:50 pm There is more stuff on the internet today: Alastair Campbell, on hype. “Provided he doesn’t fall from a roof, he [Ed Miliband] should get a fair hearing” for his speech in Oldham today. (Photograph of Miliband on roof: Martin Argles, Guardian.) Paul Corrigan, the Labour … Continue reading Advice for Ed Miliband: Don’t Fall Off the Roof

Health Department mandarin says reforms are a “nightmare”

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Sunday, 6 February 2011 at 11:04 pm Reading the minutes of the the Public Accounts Committee for 25 January, as one does while one waits for kickoff in the Super Bowl, this leapt out at me. After a complicated discussion about “risk pools” in the new NHS with Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS,* … Continue reading Health Department mandarin says reforms are a “nightmare”

Why Labour should support free schools and GP commissioning

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Monday, 28 February 2011 at 10:45 pm James Purnell confirms the cost to Labour of his departure from the Commons last year in an article in next  month’s Prospect (subscription). He says he has been reading Hansard, the parliamentary record, to try to find out what Conservative plans to reform schools and the … Continue reading Why Labour should support free schools and GP commissioning