Published by Kate Laycock on 5 August 2016
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12 August 2016
Rumours that the Prime Minister intends to lift the existing ban on the expansion of grammar schools intensified this week. While the intention may be to improve social mobility, the evidence suggests grammar schools do more to hinder opportunities for disadvantaged children.
The NHS in St Helens has suggested that it should delay non-urgent hospital operations in order to minimise its costs this year. This is further evidence that NHS bodies are reacting to financial pressure in exactly the wrong way. Most organisations see a lack of money as a reason to change and improve. As in St Helens, the NHS has lost sight of the need for change and become obsessed with achieving short-term financial balance, even if that makes things harder next year and even if patients suffer.
Ben Dobson, Researcher, Reform
Reformer of the week
Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, who this week argued against the proposal to reintroduce grammar schools.
The NHS in St Helens, Merseyside, as above.
UK industrial output grew at the fastest rate for 17 years in the quarter April to June, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics published on Tuesday.
Figures published on Friday indicate that a ‘bed-blocking’ crisis – where patients who are well are kept in hospital because of care shortages elsewhere – is costing the NHS almost £6 billion per year.
A survey published on Wednesday found that two in three young women report having experienced sexual harassment at work.
A poll of economists published on Friday revealed that the majority believe the UK economy will contract in the third and fourth quarters of this year.
Luke Johnson, writing in The Sunday Times.
The New England Journal of Medicine, published on Wednesday.
The Economist, published on Friday.
On Monday, William Mosseri-Marlio, Senior Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for The Yorkshire Post setting out the opportunity to improve jobcentre productivity through the better use of data.
On Wednesday, Andrew Haldenby wrote an op-ed for The Telegraph arguing for the need to accelerate the pace of NHS reform.
On Wednesday, Kate Laycock, Researcher at Reform, wrote a blog in which she put forward the case that current performance measurements in the NHS are outdated and do not inform the public.