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21 November 2014 | The Efford Bill would increase complexity in the health service

  • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, criticises Clive Efford MP's Private Members' Bill aimed at reversing the supposed "privatisation" of the NHS. Thomas points out that the NHS has made use of the private sector for years, and that only 6 pence in ever pound spent by the NHS goes to the private sector.

  • 19 November 2014 | Specialisation and technology can transform the modern day GP surgery

  • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, argues that technology and stratification are the key to improving general practice. Allowing patients to hold their records and interact with medical professional online could reduce the need for face-to-face appointments. And GPs should stop trying to be all things to all people and specialise instead - the needs of young working age people are quite different from elderly people with chronic illness.

  • 14 November 2014 | Ministers and policymakers have accepted that “one size fits all” is no longer suitable in today’s NHS

  • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, sets out why a national approach may not be the most effective way to deliver coordinated health and care services. In a system based on local innovation, and local leadership and ownership of change, Ministers and policymakers need to accept that "one size fits all" is no longer suitable in today's NHS. 

  • 14 November 2014 | Why an NHS Kitemark for health apps is good for doctors and patients

  • Following the NHS's plans to introduce a 'kitemark' for health apps, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, argues that the commitment to adopting a medically rigorous approach to health apps may help convince patients that technology and data are the friend and not the foe of better healthcare.

  • 12 November 2014 | Chris Walker: How to free housing associations to build more homes

  • To mark the release of our latest report, Freeing Housing Associations, Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing and Planning, sets out how numerous rules and regulations are hindering housing associations from doubling the number of new homes they build each year from 50,000 to 100,000. 

  • 07 November 2014 | Are elected mayors enough to deliver the Northern Powerhouse?

  • Following his appearance at the Northern Futures summit, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, asks whether elected mayors will be enough to revitalise the North's cities by themselves. Eddie highlights three areas that will need to be addressed alongside mayors to bring about a Northern powerhouse: transport, cooperation and tax.

  • 06 November 2014 | If we want to help pollinators we need to reverse the decline in urban green space

  • Following the launch of the National Pollinator Strategy at Policy Exchange by Liz Truss MP, Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy Research Fellow Katherine Drayson looks at how the Strategy's aims of reviving bee and other pollinator populations might best be met in urban areas.

  • 06 November 2014 | Elected Mayors: What could this mean for Police and Crime Commissioners?

  • This week, the Chancellor announced new plans to introduce a directly elected Mayor for Greater Manchester, who will preside over a range of issues including transport, social care, housing and policing. In light of the announcement, Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow considers what the future has in store for Police and Crime Commissioners.

  • 27 October 2014 | A transformation of healthcare is now on the horizon

  • Policy Exchange’s newly appointed Head of Health, Thomas Cawston, argues that, while politicians may be wary of health reform, the scale of the challenge and the size of the opportunity is too important an issue to push to the side-lines.

  • 17 October 2014 | It is time for more radical ideas to make welfare fit for purpose

  • Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, Steve Hughes, outlines the thinking behind our recently published report Making Contributions Count. The report calls for the next government to legislate for a new welfare system that establishes a clear link between contribution and benefits, and argues that only then will public trust in the benefits system be restored.