A new care covenant

Liz Kendall MP

“When all this is gone, what’s left is what matters most: the people you love – your family, your friends.” The Guardian’s Mike White tells me these were Jim Callaghan’s words, quoted by a member of his family at the memorial service for the former Prime Minister and his beloved wife Audrey. I’m sure many…

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All in

Mary Riddell

Andy Burnham’s plan to integrate health and social care is the boldest idea to emerge from Labour’s policy review so far. If he can convince his shadow cabinet colleagues to back it, can he convince the country in 2015? “The Labour party is going to have to decide how ambitious it wants to be,” he…


On the front line

Adrian Twyning

This week, the health regulator Monitor announced the appointment of a trust special administrator at Mid Staffs after they concluded that the services currently provided were neither clinically nor financially sustainable. This brought into focus again the failings identified by the Francis report, in particular the need to concentrate on a few universal truths and…

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