Reform's research and commentary is regularly featured in the media. You can find press coverage of Reform's work here.

We are always happy to comment on policy issues relevant to our work. If you would like a quote, an interview, or a background briefing, please email


Health Service Journal

Health Service Journal, 24 January 2018

Maisie Borrows, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article in Health Service Journal on how private investment can transform the primary care estate. It can work as an option to fund an upgrade of primary care estate can deliver value for money for the taxpayer and significantly improve patient outcomes.

Read the full article here.

The Times AH

The Times, 24 January 2018

Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, wrote an article in The Times challenging Boris Johnson’s wish to spend another £5 billion a year on the NHS, and referred to new Reform research on stronger primary care published on the same day.

Read the full article here.

City AM

City AM, 22 January 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, wrote an article in City AM exploring the recent debate on how public services are funded and delivered, in light of Carillion’s collapse.

“Policymakers should recognise that business incentives are part of public services. Combining a public sector “ethos” with business nous can help deliver the best services for the lowest cost. All organisations need to be set up to thrive. If profit-making improves outcomes, it should not be snubbed no matter where politicians stand on the political divide.”

Read the full article here.

Education Technology

Education Technology, 20 January 2018

Education Technology published an article about a roundtable recently hosted by Instructure which discussed how education technology can best be implemented in schools. Emilie Sundorph, Researcher at Reform, is quoted in the article arguing that although it may be an investment upfront, technology has the potential to improve education and save schools money in the long.

“There is still a feeling that edtech is an extra. We need to show how edtech can contribute to closing the attainment gap.”

You can read the article here

Sky News AHit

Sky News, 18 January 2018

Alex Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, appeared on Sky News alongside Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, to discuss the future GP workforce. Alex argued that a new model of general practice, better at using technology and the wider workforce, is needed to meet patient demands.

City AM

City AM, 16 January 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, authored a piece arguing against the idea that the collapse of the firm Carillion should mean an end to outsourcing. The piece concluded, “Ministers should put business nous before ideology.”

Please read the piece here.

Victoria Derbyshire AHit

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

Daily Politics West

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.

Sky News MB

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.


Sky News AHit

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: