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  • Singular advantage, by Victoria MacdonaldThe consolidation of three health and social care bodies into one super-regulator has ruffled feathers. But shadow chair Barbara Young insists the Care Quality Commission will put the focus back on people and standards. Victoria Macdonald reports 01 January 2008
  • Stand and deliver, by Noel PlumridgeThe NHS has been making a healthy surplus. But will these funds be plundered by the government? Noel Plumridge reports 01 January 2008
  • Still playing for time, by Vivienne RussellMinisters' radical plans to overhaul the long-term care system could be parked yet again, as the recession starts to take its toll on services 01 January 2008
  • Storm warning, by Diane RidleyThe effects of last summer's floods are still being felt by the hardest-hit regions. Councils planning to minimise the future costs of such events must revisit and update their risk assessments, says Diane Ridley 01 January 2008
  • Supersize surgeries, by Candace Imison and Chris NaylorPolyclinics are trumpeted as the best way to revolutionise patient care in the UK but bringing together the various services will work only if they are properly integrated, warn Candace Imison and Chris Naylor 01 January 2008
  • The cutting edge, by Peter RogersIt's the end of the line for a lot of regulatory red tape in local government as Peter Rogers prepares to slash more than 60 Whitehall-controlled areas down to five. He explains his role 01 January 2007
  • The future is public, by Paul OBrien and Mark BramahIt might be unfashionable, but there's a lot to be said for the public sector directly providing public services. Paul O'Brien and Mark Bramah explain 01 January 2007
  • 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
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