By Harriet Boulding, Saba Hinrichs, Hannah Burd, Mark Egan and Michael Hallsworth
In his February 2016 independent report, Lord Carter announced the creation of a ‘model hospital’. The purpose of this imaginary hospital is to show ‘what good looks like’ by providing a set of metrics, best practice checklists and benchmarks for other hospitals to build into their procurement processes.
This is a much needed endeavour. Lord Carter noted that ‘after analysing the variation in non-clinical resource costs we believe there is at least a £2 billion opportunity across the areas of procurement, estates and facilities and administration (back-office) costs.’ Continue reading
By Professor Jonathan Grant
‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,’ as Lord Acton famously said in 1887. Perhaps today we can paraphrase this to ‘lies corrupt and absolute lies corrupt absolutely’.
In the EU referendum, the US presidential elections and now the early skirmishes of the UK general election, it seems that the winner is the side that can mislead the most effectively. Continue reading
By Bethany Peters
‘Record strain on the NHS leads to £2.45bn black hole’: This was the headline of the Daily Express on 20 May 2016 as the country was preparing to take to the polls to vote in the EU referendum. One could easily presume this to be a current headline in reference to the lack of government funding for the NHS, but the ‘strain’ was actually pertaining to the pressure that immigration was putting on the health service. A new report from the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, based at the Policy Institute at King’s, has analysed UK media coverage of last year’s Brexit campaign and found that migrant-blaming was rife in the run-up to the vote. After the result, hate crimes in London were said to have increased by 20%, and sadly, Home Office statistics have shown that a spike in hate crimes occurred across the rest of England and Wales too. As we head to the polls less than 12 months later, perhaps this time around the public should be questioning the way in which immigration is portrayed by the media. Continue reading
By Tony Halmos
Now that Article 50 has been triggered, both sides in the Brexit talks have laid out their starting positions – and a general election has been called to give the government a mandate for delivering Brexit – it is time to take stock of what London needs most and make sure that all its efforts are steered in a united way to achieve this. Continue reading
By Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré and Erin Montague
Recent developments in EU politics have put the spotlight on what has for a long time been the ugly duckling of the EU integration process, namely foreign and security policy. But these developments have unfolded under the shadow of Brexit. On 25 March, as they marked the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, European leaders signed a declaration calling for, among other things, a Union ‘committed to strengthening its common security and defence’, and one ready to ‘assist in creating a more competitive and integrated defence industry’. Yet at the same time as this call for greater unity, collaboration and integration was being made, Theresa May was preparing to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally marking the beginning of the end of the UK’s 43 years as a member of the EU. Continue reading