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It’s right that the private investors carried the cost of Carillion but lessons must be learnt, says think tank

Welcoming the National Audit Office’s investigation into the rescue of Carillion’s PFI hospital contracts, Dr Joshua Pritchard, Reform procurement and outsourcing lead, said:

“Instead of the taxpayer forking up for the failures of badly-run companies like Carillion, Government has finally proven that it is capable of holding its suppliers to account when they don’t perform.

“However, costs were still allowed to spiral out of control, with an additional £687 million added to the total bill since the PFI contracts were signed – an increase of 98 per cent. This is yet another example of the consequences of poor government procurement.

“Outsourcing is essential for delivering public services, but only when it works well. Government needs to be a better customer, and industry needs to be a better client.”

Covered in The Times.

Progress on improving access to university for the poorest is woefully inadequate, warns think tank

New figures published today by the Higher Education Statistics Authority show that no progress has been made in improving access to universities for students from low participation neighbourhoods since 2014/15.

Commenting, Reform Education Researcher, Imogen Farhan, said: 

“These dire statistics should be a serious cause of concern for the Government, which has made clear it wants to ‘level up’ across the country.

“Just 12 per cent of students came from low participation neighbourhoods in 2018/19 – the same proportion as in 2014/15.

“Throwing more money at the problem simply isn’t working - universities have spent millions trying to improve access in recent years. Urgent reform is required which mandates universities to publish how they spend their widening participation budgets and commitment to admissions which consider a student’s background."

Covered by BBC News, The Times, The Financial Times and TES.

More cash for the NHS without reform fits Einstein’s definition of insanity, warns think tank

Commenting on the record low A&E figures, health policy lead Claudia Martinez said:

“These are dismally familiar statistics. The NHS has had extra funding and is set for more while performance only gets worse. This is a clear indication that radical reform, not just record sums, are required.

“Over a third of people attended A&E last month with minor illnesses and injuries, which should have been treated in the community, by a GP for example.

“Getting A&E back on track means fixing the social care crisis and reforming our primary care system. With a large majority and a commitment to record investment, the Government has no excuse for inaction.

“Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. More cash without reform is doing just that.”

Covered in the Financial TimesThe Sun, Management in Practice and The London Economic. Claudia also appeared on talkRadio to discuss the figures.

City AM, 7 January 2020

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, wrote an op-ed on civil service reform, arguing that if Whitehall wants to meet the challenges of the coming decades, it must hire new talent, but also be prepared to remove poor performers.

Read the article here.

Report coverage: 'Making NHS data work for everyone'

On Tuesday 11 December, Reform launched its report, Making NHS data work for everyone. The report was covered by The Times, PharmaTimes, Health Service Journal, Public TechnologyOnMedica, Practice Business, Hapia, The Kings Fund, Healthcare LeaderHealthwatch York, UK Authority, Future Care Capital, and the BMJ. Most recently, it was mentioned in the Sunday Times

The report was referenced in the Department of Health and Social Care's publication, Code of Conduct for data-driven health and care technology. The report is also mentioned in a House of Commons briefing paper, 'Patient health records: access, sharing and confidentiality'.

It has also been covered globally in RussiaCanada and NYU's Living Library

It was covered in the BMJ Journals, in the article 'From EHR to PHR: let’s get the record straight', by J Symons, H Ashrafian, R Dunscombe and A Darzi. It was also cited in The Lancet, in the article 'Ensuring that the NHS realises fair financial value from its data', by G Fontana, S Ghafur, L Torne, J Goodman and A Darzi.

The latest mention was on the 19th December 2019, where it was cited in the Healthcare Informatics Research journal in an article by Lee D, Park M, Chang S and Ko H, 'Protecting and Utilizing Health and Medical Big Data: Policy Perspectives from Korea'.

Public Sector Focus, 19 November 2019

Imogen Farhan, researcher at Reform, wrote an article for the November/December 2019 edition of Public Sector Focus on why Right to Buy is fundamentally unfair and detrimental for the housing crisis.

Read it here.