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Sheila Bird :: Fri, 04/06/2010 - 16:15

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NICE and public health science challenged by MS risk sharing scheme

The most striking revelation in a quarter of comments in on the Department of Health’s risk sharing scheme for multiple sclerosis (MS) drugs is its undermining of subseq

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 04/06/2010 - 16:00

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NHS nil, Drug Industry 5: how not to run a risk-sharing trial

The new Government has promised to establish a system in which the price paid for drugs represents the value they bring to patients.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 05/05/2010 - 14:08

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Presumed consent could increase organ donation rates

Gordon Brown’s in favour. So is the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru, and other parties.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 03/05/2010 - 17:10

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Haves, have-nots, and have-yachts: a tale of PCT allocations

Of all the magnificent sleights of hand attributed to statistical science, few come close to matching the formula by which NHS funds are allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs).

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 30/04/2010 - 11:13

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The coding maze: mortality ratios and real life

Much anxiety has been caused by the publication over the past decade of hospital mortality ratios.

Hamish Birchall :: Sat, 13/02/2010 - 13:20

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Unpicking an allergy scare

Last Sunday The Observer published an article headlined “Shock rise in number of fatal a

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 10/02/2010 - 10:34

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Push hard for Christmas

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 21/01/2010 - 16:02

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Safeguarding scheme hit by “double jeopardy” fears

Back in September, I asked the Independent Safeguarding Authority how it had arrived at the figure of 11.3 million adults who would need to be vetted before they could be allowed regular access to children (their own excluded, naturally).

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 20/01/2010 - 10:53

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Nuff said? The Nuffield Trust on healthcare comparisons across the UK

Reservations on today’s report by Nuffield Trust which compares funding and healthcare performance across the UK centre on: Rurality (which not even comparison between Scotland and North East England redresses), Reporting standards, Right measures, Responsiveness, and Repeat attendances.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 23/12/2009 - 14:52

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Pots and kettles in the NHS

Eight out of ten doctors are concerned about private companies profiting from the National Health Service, according to a poll from the British Medical Association and