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The Telegraph, 15 January 2017

The Telegraph published an article on the current state of NHS hospitals. Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, was quoted in the article. “In Germany you go to hospital, but when you start to recover you move on, probably to another unit on the same site,” says Andrew Haldenby, director of the think tank, Reform. “If you’re very sick you need to be in hospital but there comes a point when you don’t need all the bells and whistles that go with a hospital bed.” At least one private company is trying to introduce such German-style units to Britain but an illogical resistance to this is slowing the pace of change, adds Haldenby: “Politicians talk about the private sector as if it’s barely in the NHS because in the public mind private equals having to pay, but almost all GPs are self-employed, so are dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists. Every MRI scanner is made by a private company. The whole thing is a big public/private partnership.

“Health reform is hard because there are such powerful lobbies, particularly the BMA. They are willing to genuinely fight any government they think is changing the system not to the benefit of their members . If you ask “Who do you trust?” polls will tell you 90% of people say doctors 5% politicians, it’s an unfair battle.”  

Read the full article here.

Daily Politics Show, 9 January 2017

Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, appeared on BBC 2's Daily Politics to discuss the NHS and future spending. He argued that change is needed in the NHS with a new way of doing things being crucial. Currently, it is making poor use of the money it gets and there is a great strain on hospitals because patients are encouraged to go to A&E. Giving the NHS a windfall of money would mean the NHS would not feel the need to make the larger changes needed. Watch the full programme here. Watch Andrew's soapbox video created for the BBC here

Reform's soapbox video for BBC Daily Politics

Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, made a soapbox video for the BBC 2's Daily Politics ahead of his interview on the programme that took place on Monday 9 January on the same theme. He argued that "new ideas" are needed in the NHS, not just more money. He highlighted the work that Babylon Health is doing. Their app is delivering quality healthcare much faster for their patients, offering online consultations, and also using artificial intelligence to focus on prevention of ill-health as well.

Watch the full video here