Something old, something new or something blue? Early reflections on (yet another) health reform in England.
Since the publication of the White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS on NHS reform in July 2010 the Government has been embroiled in a running debate about the future of the NHS. How new are these proposals and to what extent do they build on the past? This paper will discuss some of the key proposed changes and current experience in developments in England. The presentation will examine some of the experience of newly formed clinical commissioning groups but also examine whether the new policies are an advance towards the market being driven by the Conservative Party as many healthcare professionals, patients and coalition and opposition politicians fear.
Stephen Peckham BSc., MA(Econ), HMFPH
Reader in Health Policy
Director Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System
Stephen Peckham is Reader in Health Policy in the department of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director of the Department of Health Funded Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System. From 2005 to 2008 he was an academic advisor to the NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation and both Academic and Centre Director of the Research Programme National Co-ordinating Centre from 2008. He previously worked in local government and the voluntary sector and has been a Research Fellow at the University of the West of England and the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of Southampton. Between 1999 and 2005 he was Head of Sociology and Social Policy at Oxford Brookes University. His main research interests are in health policy analysis, service delivery and organisation, primary care and public health. Current research includes evaluation of new clinical commissioning groups, examining patient and public involvement in commissioning, exploring the public health role of general practice and evaluating health system change in London. He has published widely on health and social policy and health services research with books on primary care, health and social policy and public health ethics.
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