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31st July 2018

Reform submission: LSE-Lancet Commission’s inquiry ‘The Future of the NHS’

The 70th birthday year for the NHS comes at a defining moment. The health service faces some of the most major challenges of its time but also great opportunities to fundamentally change the traditional model of care. Reform thinks that bold, new reform will transform the NHS into a more innovative, efficient and higher quality service.

21st June 2018

A degree of uncertainty: an investigation into grade inflation in universities

With one-third of 18-year-olds now entering Higher Education (HE) each year, the ‘degree classification’ (i.e. final grade) awarded to students is arguably more important now than it has ever been. These classifications allow other individuals and organisations to differentiate between graduates in terms of what they have achieved by the end of their degree course. Any sign that the value of degree classifications has diminished over time would therefore be of great concern.

21st March 2018

Reform submission: Public Accounts Committee’s inquiry on “Sustainability and Transformation in the NHS”

NHS England is right to have ambitious plans for reform. The nature of patient care is changing because of new challenges, such as an ageing population and the rise of long-term health conditions. Care is also changing because of new opportunities for the NHS, such as innovative technologies. However, to deliver a true transformation of services, the NHS should ensure that funding incentives are to be delivered in the most efficient ways.

16th February 2018

Reform submission: Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry on “Sourcing public services: lessons learned from the collapse of Carillion”

The public sector spends around £242 billion a year on independent providers. The extent of this spend is often not recognised and it is crucial that public services achieve value for money from outsourcing.

The principle of competitive markets is sound: opening services to competition is a powerful lever to reduce cost and increase innovation. How government executes this is rightly under scrutiny.