Press coverage

Find coverage in the press of Reform's latest work below. 

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The Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2017

Andrew Haldenby authored an op-ed in which he argued that stop-gap solutions, whether proposed by the Chancellor or the Public Accounts Committee, are not the answer to the problems of the NHS. He referred to Reform‘s recent report, Saving STPs. Achieving meaningful health and social care reform.

"The great danger is that the NHS is regarded with such universal veneration that, while everyone can see it is in deep trouble, no one will commit the blasphemy of doing anything fundamental about it."  

The article is available here.

Big Data in government conference: media coverage

Reform held a conference in February 2017 exploring the opportunities and challenges of Big Data in government. John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the UK Civil Service and Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, gave the keynote speech on the subject. It received the following coverage in the media.

 Civil Service World "Speaking on Tuesday at a conference on big data use in government, organised by the Reform think tank, John Manzoni said that gaining and retaining public trust was “absolutely critical to achieving our ambition of a data-driven government”." Read the full article here.

Computer Weekly "Speaking at think tank Reform’s conference on big data, Manzoni said  “data is at the heart of 21st century government” and that Whitehall and the wider public sector need to “use it properly”." Read the full article here.

Public Technology This article gives an overview of the main themes that emerged from the conference. Read the full article here.

Public Technology This article gives an overview of the key themes that emerged from the keynote speech made by John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office. Read the full article here.

Government Computing "In a speech delivered to the Reform think tank, Manzoni set out the government’s long-held ambitions to ensure what it described as the “proper use” of the enormous quantities of data that it holds." Read the full article here.

UKA This article looks at the potential of Big Data in justice, a topic that was explored at the conference. Read the full article here.

BBC Radio 4 Profile, 18 February 2017

Andrew Haldenby appeared on the Radio 4 programme which presented a short biography of Liz Truss MP, Reform’s former deputy director. The full interview is available here.

BBC News Online, 17 February 2017

In a report on the possibility of extending NHS charging, Nick Triggle referred to Reform’s 2013 paper, The cost of our health: charging in healthcare.  

Read the full article here.

GP Online, 16 February 2017

GP Online wrote an article on the findings of Reform's report, Saving STPs. Achieving meaningful health and social care reform. "Report co-author Kate Laycock said: ‘As recent weeks have shown, the NHS desperately needs ideas that reshape local services and ease the burden on over-pressed hospitals. STPs can do it but only if ministers give them full control of local health and social care, under one directly elected individual. Without that, the high hopes for STPs will be disappointed.’  

Read the full report here.

Prospect, 16 February 2017

Elaine Fischer, Research Assistant at Reform, wrote an article for Prospect following the publication of Reform's report, Saving STPs. Achieving meaningful health and social care reform. In a recent interview when responding to questions around pressure the NHS is facing, Jeremy Hunt said the healthcare service would radically improve due to the government's NHS plan, which are the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

However, STPs are not on track to deliver the wide scale reforms needed. Separate funding streams for healthcare, social care and public health, it is difficult to move money around the system to where it will have the most impact. Some areas show these problems can be overcome, such as Greater Manchester. Without formal organisation, STPs "run the risk of being little more than talking shops".

"STPs are the right idea and they can move the NHS forward. Ministers however must give them the powers, and the financial muscle, needed for them to deliver. The government’s whole health reform agenda depends on it."  

Read the full article here.

The Times, 16 February 2017

Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, wrote an article in The Times following the launch of Reform's report, Saving STPs. Achieving meaningful health and social care reform. Recent hospital problems have shown that NHS reform is needed. However throwing more money at the problem won't solve it. The true solution is the government's plan, however, it won't succeed in its current form. Ministers need to give STPs more power and local commitment, including full control of the NHS and social care budget in their area. They should also decide the health outcomes for their area which every provider will be tasked to deliver. In the medium-term, a locally elected STP leader should take responsibility for the budget. These changes "would give democratic legitimacy to the radical changes that STPs should be proposing. It would also give the government the NHS reform drive it needs."  

Read the full article here.

National Health Executive, 16 February 2017

National Health Executive wrote an article following the publication of Reform's report, Saving STPs. Achieving meaningful health and social care reform,  outlining key challenges identified by the report. "Researcher at Reform Kate Laycock said: “STPs are trying to integrate health and social care so the systems are much more streamlined and easy to navigate – this is the right thing to be doing. “But having spoken to people we discovered that STPs weren’t going to deliver on this and that’s why we’ve written the paper.”  

Read the full article here.