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Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 18/11/2009 - 17:08

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Whiling away the hours in A&E

Want to know how long you’ll have to wait in your local A&E? The NHS Information centre today published a report that uses Hospital Episode Statistics to compare how different trusts perform.

Robert Whiston :: Fri, 13/11/2009 - 18:18

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Born but not properly counted

Whitehall is better armed with data on children who no longer exist than on those that can expect to live for the next 80 years.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 27/10/2009 - 15:22

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False choice over where to give birth

More than 90 per cent of women are denied choice in where they give birth, charges the National Childbirth Trust in a new report.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 10/09/2009 - 10:26

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NICE confusion over drug uptake

The NHS Information Centre has issued some “experimental statistics” covering the take-up of medicines approved by the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 27/08/2009 - 10:51

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Conservatives stretch a point over maternity claims

All’s fair in opposition politics, but the Conservatives really pushed the boundaries with their claim that women were being forced to give birth in the lift because of cheeseparing in the NHS.

Eleanor Bradford :: Fri, 07/08/2009 - 11:11

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Scotland leads the way on swine flu data

Devolution has provided an interesting comparison of how different governments approach the National Health Service - and the arrival of swine flu has pointed out just how great those differences can be. 

Leo Henghes :: Thu, 06/08/2009 - 17:12

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Fewer kids drinking - but don't hold the front page

A string of newspapers lamented the excesses of the young in response to an NHS report detailing their illicit activities.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 14/07/2009 - 14:58

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Happy Hour in the A&E

Targets are usually well-meant. They're designed to inject a note of urgency into otherwise sluggish systems and raise productivity. But the outcome is seldom strictly what anybody intended.

Sun, 14/06/2009 - 23:00

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Failing to Figure

Civitas has published a report by Mervyn Stone, Emeritus Professor of Statistics at University College London accusing  the Government of "sidelining honesty and truth" in major poli