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City AM

City Am, 19 November 2019

Claudia Martinez, Research Manager and Health lead, wrote an opinion piece for City AM highlighting the need for reform within the NHS, not just extra spending. 

Read the full article here

The Times

'Access for all?' report coverage

On Friday 15 November, Reform published 'Access for all?' which was covered by The Times


Politicians should try to out-reform, not out-spend one another to cut A&E waits

Commenting on new A&E performance data, Reform think tank Health policy lead, Claudia Martinez, said:

“The health service needs fundamental reform to end reliance on A&E and reduce the demand crippling services.

“This data shows that one in three attend A&E for minor treatment and illnesses, many of whom could be treated elsewhere. However, while one in 10 wait three weeks to see a GP and just 10 per cent of patients think they can book weekend appointments, A&E is the default.

“To drive down demand for A&E, Party manifestos must pledge whole-system reform to make care available in the community. Investment in primary care and a credible plan to recruit and retain GPs is urgently needed to make this a reality.” 

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LBC, 11 November 2019

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, joined LBC's Cross Question debate with Iain Dale, covering key points of policy for the 2019 General Election. 

You can watch the show here.

Charlotte Pickles on BBC News

BBC NEWS, 4 November 2019

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, spoke on BBC News about the politicisation of the NHS during the 2019 General Election.

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live, 31 October 2019

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live radio about the latest Ministry of Justice figures which showed a record high in cases of prison violence and increases in self harm.

You can listen from 27.47 here.


Shocking safety statistics show failing prison system, says think tank

Commenting on the Ministry of Justice’s quarterly prison safety update showing record levels of self-harm and increasing numbers of assaults, Reform think tank Director, Charlotte Pickles, said:

“The shocking level of violence and self-harm in our prisons is the mark of a failing system.

“Rather than focusing on locking people up for longer, the Government must urgently address the dire staff retention issues, crumbling buildings and drugs epidemic crippling the prison estate.

“Cutting crime ultimately means preventing reoffending. Politicians need to understand that before prisons can rehabilitate anyone, they must first be safe, decent and humane.”

The Independent

Failing homelessness and housing policy a ‘toxic cocktail’ for homelessness in London, says think tank

Commenting on CHAIN statistics showing a rise in rough sleeping in London, Reform Researcher, Imogen Farhan, said: 

“The spike in rough sleepers across London adds to the evidence that current Government policy is not working.

“An absence of long-term funds for council services has meant that the Homelessness Reduction Act and the Rough Sleeping Strategy, which were meant to bolster efforts to prevent homelessness, have failed to do so in the Capital.

“Housing Benefit also falls woefully short of covering the cost of renting in the private sector. In every London borough, the shortfall between Housing Benefit and the actual cost of renting exceeds £100 per month.

“This is a toxic cocktail which needs urgent attention if the rise in rough sleeping is to be reduced.”

Covered in The Independent and The Big Issue.

Public finance

Public Finance, 28 October 2019

Dr Josh Pritchard, Senior Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for Public Finance about Reform's latest research on poor procurement and why a new regulatory body for outsourcing should be established. 

Read the full article here. 

Daily Mail

Rising demand on council social care services indicates urgent need for reform, says think tank

Commenting on new NHS data showing that the number of requests for social care received by Council’s has increased to 5,245 daily up from 5,000 last year, Reform health lead, Claudia Martinez, said:

“The demand of Council care services is rising and we have yet to see anything from the Government that resembles a sensible, sustainable solution to this perennial crisis.

“The £1.5 bn funding injection announced in the Spending Round last month won’t even be a sticking plaster, given the state of disarray our social care system is in.

“We need a long-term solution. Government must press ahead with an insurance system in which working-age people contribute part of their salary to a later-life care fund. In the short-term, people should release the equity in their property to pay for their care needs and the Government should reduce overly generous pensioner benefits.”

Covered by The Daily Mail and the Local Government Chronicle.

State of the State

Report Coverage: State of the State 2019-20

On Tuesday 22 October, Deloitte and Reform published The State of the State report, which is now in its eighth year.

The report was covered in The Times, The Financial Times, The i and Econonmia

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Report Coverage: 'The Price of Poor Procurement'

On Monday 21 October, Reform launched its new report 'The Price of Poor Procurement: the argument for an independent regulator'. It is part of our new spending review programme. 

The report was covered in The Financial Times, The IndependentPublic Finance and The Law Gazette.


North/South divide in 15 best and worst Local Authority schools, finds think tank

14 of the 15 worst performing Local Authority schools examined against the ‘Progress 8’ measure are in the North of England. Whilst 14 of the 15 best performing schools against the same measure are in London, according to analysis by the Reform think tank.

Commenting, Dr Luke Heselwood, Reform education lead, said:

“This North/South divide among the 15 best and worst performing Local Authority schools, gives a glimpse of the opportunity differential up and down the country.

“If the Government wants to bolster the attainment of poor performing students, the money promised to schools over the next three years must be targeted at the most disadvantaged, where it is needed most. Boosting cash incentives for the best teachers who move to the worst performing schools is also a must.

“Acting now will mean that more children get the best possible education and start in life.”

The Telegraph

The Telegraph, 16 October 2019

Ahead of our Reform's Women's Network dinner with Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on the topic of 'Making technology work for everyone', Reform was featured in this article discussing Nicky Morgan's address on gender bias in technology and devices. 

Read here.

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CQC report confirms that A&E services have hit a brick wall, says think tank

Commenting on the Care Quality Commission’s annual report showing that 52 per cent of urgent and emergency care services are rated inadequate or requiring improvement, Reform think tank Health policy lead, Claudia Martinez, said:

“Services have hit a brick wall due to the relentless pressure being placed on them by our broken primary care system.”

“A major driver of demand is those who’ve reached crisis point due to a lack of care in the community, leaving no choice but emergency services. Last year, for example, 38 per cent of patients who needed a same day GP appointment were unable to get one.

“We need urgent reform to bolster primary care and keep people out of hospital, which will relieve the unrelenting pressure facing emergency services. Otherwise those in need will continue to miss out on the standard of care they deserve.”