NHS Scotland: safe in whose hands?

NHS Scotland has moved centre-stage in Scotland’s referendum debate, with each side making claims about its fate. But is everyone missing the point about the underlying health funding crisis?  Read more

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Family proofing: a toothless idea?

David Cameron has announced that he wants to make sure all government policies are family friendly. That won’t be as easy as it sounds Read more

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CCGs: what’s in a name?

The health secretary wants clinical commissiong groups to become more accountable. So could US-style ‘accountable care organisations’ be a model for the future? Read more

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Arts funding cuts: not an easy answer

Cutting arts and culture budgets might be a tempting quick fix for cash-strapped councils, but slashing spending in these areas could damage an area’s economic and social value, shoring up bigger problems in the long term Read more

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Whitehall efficiency: really more for less?

The government claims it has made important efficiency savings since 2010. But how much of this is just smoke and mirrors? Read more

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Integration: leading from the front

Leadership is key to the successful integration of health and social care services in Scotland. The legislative framework needs to be strengthened to ensure this Read more

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Crime prevention: get tougher on reform

Major improvements can be made to crime prevention, despite radical cuts to budgets. Recent experience proves that criminal justice reform works Read more

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Civil service CEO: the small print

The government is in a rush to appoint its new civil service chief executive. But it needs to take care not to create further disappointment and frustration Read more

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A boost for local economies

New EU state aid rules could provide a timely boost for local economies. They open up more opportunities for public bodies to stimulate economic growth Read more

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Invest now, save later

The next chancellor needs to create an Office for Future Generations to correct the chronic short-termism that prevents governments investing in cost-saving early intervention Read more

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