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  • The German patient, by Greg BousfieldDoctors and insurance firms in Germany are up in arms over the 'NHS-lite' health reforms introduced on April 1. Greg Bousfield looks at the problems with the existing system and explains why ministers are looking to Britain for inspiration 01 January 2007
  • We can work it out, by Mark AmsdenThe main reason why so many big outsourcing contracts run aground is the lack of any sort of mechanism to solve disputes before they get out of hand, argues Mark Amsden. But there is a wealth of options open to public sector bodies 01 January 2007
  • We, the undersigned... by Tony TraversNumber 10's online road-pricing e-petition was a huge hit. Not in terms of the likely fate of that policy but because it encouraged nearly 2 million people to put their point of view. Not a bad thing in today's apathetic political climate, argues Tony Travers 01 January 2007
  • The numbers game, by Tony TraversFrom public sector productivity to migration, official statistics have rarely been so hotly contested. Tony Travers analyses the reasons for the party-political punch-ups 01 January 2007
  • There is another way, by Nick PriorThe PFI has proved its worth in many projects, large and small, but it is not the only funding game in town particularly when flexibility is needed. Nick Prior explains 01 January 2007
  • Time to come clean, by Noel PlumridgeEradicating hospital infections is not just about intensive cleaning. The ways in which demanding targets have been reached might be a cause of the problem and amount to false economies. Noel Plumridge reports 01 January 2007
  • Tough at the top, by Peter RiddellIt's been a challenging week for Team Gordon, as the new PM and his Cabinet strive to show who's in charge. Peter Riddell assesses what all the ministerial changes mean 01 January 2007
  • When I get older, by Rebecca GeorgeAn ageing population presents a series of issues that must be addressed now, if millions of people are to have a decent old age. Rebecca George looks at the challenges ahead 01 January 2007
  • Where do we go from here? By Peter HetheringtonLocal government faces an uncertain future. The Lyons' report has been largely rejected by ministers, there is the prospect of a messy reorganisation, and local partnerships are failing to get off the ground. So what can be done? Public Finance begins a series of articles on an 'After Lyons' theme with Peter Hetherington's analysis of localism in the real world 01 January 2007
  • Work in progress, by Mark ConradNew Work and Pensions Secretary Peter Hain has thrown down the gauntlet in a green paper designed to get the long-term unemployed into jobs. But, as Mark Conrad reports, there are some tricky battles ahead 01 January 2007
  • theres still life in Lyons, by Sandy Bruce-LockhartThe government's initial response to Sir Michael Lyons' report might have seemed muted, but the small print tells a different story. Ministers have not only accepted the core thesis, they have taken the first steps forward 01 January 2007
  • We can work it out, by Paul RaynesOne in ten people in Britain are shut out of the labour market for reasons that are individual, complex and highly local. The solution is not David Freud's mega-contracts, but drastic devolution of welfare services 01 January 2007
  • Whose service is it anyway? by Ed MayoConsumer satisfaction is one vital area of public services that is not getting the attention it deserves. The solution is to measure improvements against criteria that put users right at the heart of provision 01 January 2007
  • Surplus to requirements, by Sally GainsburyThe NHS has managed to turn a deficit of £547m into a surplus of £510m in one year. Sally Gainsbury looks at the figures behind this success story, and asks how such a financial turnaround could have been achieved in so short a time 01 January 2007
  • Take the medicine, by Paul CorriganIt seems the NHS is now safe in everyone's hands. But while its founding principles remain intact it will have to undergo radical surgery to keep up with twenty-first century demands, argues former Number 10 adviser Paul Corrigan 01 January 2007
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