Mark Newbold

Outcomes must lead reconfiguration decisions

A new report by the Federation of Specialist Hospitals warns against compromising its members when reconfiguring services - suggesting their outcomes are a...

Discharge is key to emergency care crisis

The crisis in emergency care has now been acknowledged as a ‘system’ problem, rather than something caused by ‘poorly performing’ acute trusts. I a...

A CEO’s view on Francis report implications

Unsurprisingly, the publication of the Francis report has led to much reflection among managers, clinical leaders, and health commentators. My (pre-publica...

The challenges of whistleblowing assessment

This is a ‘hot topic’ currently and there have been a number of high profile cases in recent times. It is very actively discussed on social media, a...

Future of our hospitals: more lessons from the US?

I’ve been lucky enough recently to learn more about health trends in the US. It isn’t a system most of us would wish to emulate, given that it consumes...

Tackling the looming crisis in the hospital sector

The financial challenge is starting to bite. As reported on this website, eleven foundation trusts are in serious breach over their finances, to such a deg...

What should we expect of our medical leaders?

This is a question I have been asking myself more and more in recent months, sparked by a nagging worry that holding docs to account for balancing budgets ...

Nicholson Challenge: what’s the consultant view?

For those who are not familiar, this is the economic challenge facing the health service, as set out by Sir David Nicholson, NHS CEO, a couple of years ago...

What is the future role of hospital consultants?

For several years now there has been an assumption that care will move from hospitals out into the community. This means different things to different peop...

Are doctors from Mars and managers from Venus?

Firstly, thank you for making me feel welcome and responding to my first blog on Hospital Dr! In my blogs I'd like to unpick the doctor-manager relationsh...

A challenge from the management corridor

I’ve been agonising over what to write for my first blog here on Hospital Dr. Nobody knows me yet and I feel I should introduce myself, say where I have ...