Operation Hinchingbrooke: Inside the NHS’s first privatised general hospital

HealthInvestor, December 2011

Circle’s takeover of NHS Hinchingbrooke has got the green light – and so begins a high-profile test of private sector involvement in the NHS. Tom Ireland hears about the firm’s strategy for the failing hospital.

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Health Secretary to make ‘rap riposte’ to viral video

GP, 2011 // In over four years as a reporter for the medical newspaper GP, this ludicrous April Fool’s spoof got far more traffic than anything else I ever wrote.

Senior civil servants claim Mr Lansley was recently seen ‘sheepishly dancing in a gold tracksuit’ with a small film crew outside his parliamentary office.

A DoH spokesman confirmed Mr Lansley would be ‘issuing a clear statement on the need for reform, over a fat hip-hop beat’.

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Switching On: The failure of the world’s largest IT project, and what happens now

HealthInvestor, Jan 2012

The National Programme for IT (NPfIT) was arguably the most disastrous government procurement in living memory. It was the largest IT project the world has ever seen, and it was an abject failure. But since the £11 billion programme was abandoned last summer, those involved in healthcare IT have not just been stood in the naughty corner, thinking about what they’ve done. Work to give the NHS the world-class, state-of-the-art IT systems it deserves has moved on at a surprising pace.

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