Last year the NHS spent £1.1 billion to settle legal claims and this is expected to rise to £1.4 billion this year. The majority of this money does not go to the injured parties. To put this expenditure into context, the NHS spends approximately £1.3 billion annually on cancer drugs.
We Need a Revolution in Thinking to Really Deal With Our Big Problems and It Needs to Start in Schools
Until we rethink where we are now in society, in our political and educational lives, we are living through groundhog day, treading water. We are marking time, and we are not going anywhere fast around dismantling poverty.
The radical liberal tradition, and the role it played in the founding of the Labour Party, provides a rich source of inspiration for reconnecting with the majority of the British people whose contemporary values echo its deeply democratic, anti-elitist and socially progressive spirit.
To stop a repeat of 2015, Labour must make itself a viable option by electing a leader which people could conceivably see at No. 10. Miliband did not fill this criteria. Hopefully the next leader will, and this will go part way to ensuring England and Wales sway back to the left so Scottish Labour are not forced to split on the grounds that their political attitudes contrast too much with their rUK colleagues.
GCSE results alone provide a narrow and confusing measure of success with no real consideration of the overall benefits to children of their time at school... under new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, there is a real opportunity to take an approach which not only provides a strong academic grounding but also instils character values in students.
The Western World is aware that international assistance is required to help rebuild less developed countries... Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness of what it takes to make these systems work in the different cultural settings. This is especially the case with Afghanistan, which is years behind in progress due to 35 years of conflict.
State funding is being cut, European universities are dropping down the international rankings and less research is being produced... Many European campuses are in very poor functional and physical condition... the time to act is now.
You have the Jackson reforms coming in last April, tightening controls on costs and procedures, which was then followed up just seven months later by Mitchell. This reinforced the diktat and was taken by some judges as tightening those controls further still.
In a bid to improve quality the Government has taken its eyes off the money. Back in 2010 the health service was set the mission of improving productivity by £20 billion. As many leading independent voices and the Government itself recognised, achieving such savings would only be possible by fundamentally transforming how care is delivered and organised.
The lesson of this revolution is one that we have seen repeated time and again: market economies need good regulation and, with this in place, they generate benefits, efficiencies and opportunities, many of which are often unforeseen.