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Victoria Derbyshire, 16 January 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, appeared on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show at 10.30am to discuss the importance of a new model of care over more funding for the NHS. He appeared alongside Professor Clare Gerada, GP Partner, the Hurley Group, and Stephen Dorrell, Chair of NHS Confederation. You can watch the interview from 10.41.

BBC Wiltshire

BBC Wiltshire, 16 January 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Researcher Manager at Reform, appeared on BBC Wiltshire at 0915 to discuss the benefits of public-private partnerships following the news that Carillion went into liquidation.

You can listen to his interview on the Marie Lennon show from 0.23

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BBC Sunday Politics West, 14 January 2018

Andrew Haldenby, Director at Reform, appeared on the programme to support the NHS’ efforts to get greater value for money from its property estate.

See the appearance here, at 48 minutes 28 seconds.

NHS Digital

NHS Digital response to Health and AI report

NHS Digital issued a response from Professor Daniel Ray, Director of Data, after the publication of Reform‘s reportThinking on its own: AI in the NHS. In it, he highlights the importance of getting data right and overcoming the challenges of understanding the decisions AI algorithms make when using data.

Read the full response here.

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Sky News, 10 January 2018

Maisie Borrows, Researcher at Reform, appeared on Sky News to discuss NHS funding. She argued that a new structure and model of care is needed with a long-term strategy needed, with a particular focus on moving care away from the acute sector.


The Week

The Week, 10 January 2018

The Week wrote an article debating the pros and cons of a ring-fenced NHS tax. In it, they refer to Reform Director Andrew Haldenby’s argument against the idea of a hypothecated NHS tax.

“Another argument against the plan is the “idea that introducing such a tax would risk giving the impression that what matters for the quality of healthcare is the size of the budget”, says Andrew Haldenby, director of think tank Reform.

In a letter to the FT, Haldenby argues that the winter crisis of hospital overcrowdinghighlights  “the organisational problems that bedevil the NHS”, rather than any monetary issues.”

Read the full article here.

Financial Times

Financial Times, 10 January 2018

The Financial Times published a letter from Andrew Haldenby, Director at Reform, arguing against a hypothecated tax for the NHS on the grounds that it “would risk giving the impression that what matters for the quality of healthcare is the size of the budget”. You can read the text below and find the letter here.


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Sky News, 5 January 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher at Reform, appeared on Sky News to discuss the issue of NHS funding. He argued that the NHS needs a new model of care, not more funding. Care is not being delivered efficiently, with too much being done in hospitals and not enough in the community.


The Telegraph, 4 January 2018

Andrew Haldenby, Director at Reform, wrote an article for The Telegraph titled ‘This is why the NHS is facing such severe winter pressure’. The article asks how severe is the “winter crisis”? What is causing it? And what should be done to prevent it happening again. The full text can be found below:

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Coverage: speech on prison reform

On Monday 18 December 2017, Reform held a speech by the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, on prison reform. Coverage from the event includes The Guardian, The Telegraph and BBC News.

Justine Greening

Social mobility conference: media coverage

On the 14th December 2017, Reform held its inaugural social mobility conference, setting the agenda over the rest of this parliament for this cross-cutting issue. The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP delivered the keynote speech, announcing the new Department for Education social mobility strategy. There was also three panels looking at each phase of citizen’s lives. 

Coverage was included in The Telegraph, TES, BBC News, BT, Schools Week, FE News, Politics Home, The Guardian and Nursery World


GLINT, 27 November 2017

Maisie Borrows, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for GLINT, arguing that blockchain could provide the backbone for a new, more efficient and secure public service identity management system. This is following the release of Reform‘s report The future of public service identity: blockchain.

You can read the full article here. 

Public Finance

Public Finance, 23 November 2017

In a budget response, Emilie Sundorph, Researcher at Reform, argues that the budget was right to focus on developing the skills needed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but that equipping the future workforce still faces major obstacles. The article was published in Public Finance on Thursday 23 November 2017.

You can read the full article here


The Telegraph, 22 November 2017

In a Budget response, Andrew Haldenby, Director at Reform argues: “Today Philip Hammond faced down outspoken demands for big spending increases on the NHS. Instead he will hold the NHS establishment to account for its painfully slow progress in modernising the Service.  He is absolutely right to do so.” The article was published in The Telegraph on the 22nd November 2017.

You can read the full article here

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The Times Red Box, 22 November 2017

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for The Times Red Box exploring whether the public really are as sick of austerity as it is being claimed.

Surveys show that the number of people feeling the effects of austerity are falling and public satisfaction in services, particularly NHS and police, has been increasing whilst budgets have been falling (the only exception to this is social care).

“For some, higher public spending would be the right response to the shock general election result. But ministers will do well to recall that debate on the government’s finances during the election campaign was conspicuous by its absence.”

Read the full article here