Andrew Lansley will take a knife to NHS9th June 2010
In his first interview as Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley tells Judith Woods of the Telegraph about his plans for urgent reform within the ailing NHS.
Following my bitter experience with the NHS, where I felt bullied, woefully neglected and was eventually forcibly discharged to free up bed space, the new Health Secretary Andrew Lansley sent me a handwritten letter expressing his dismay at my experience.
I found this reassuringly proactive, particularly with his announcements that hospitals’ duty of care will extend for a month after admission.
I meet him, armed with correspondence from people stunned by standards of care in parts of the NHS.
Lansley is under no illusions that the NHS needs a root-and-branch overhaul that has less to do with funding and more to do with changing the culture in some sectors.
He says the vast majority of people who speak to him have “brilliant care” but when they are critical, it is often towards ancillary things such as food and cleanliness.
Lansley believes it is imperative to alter the NHS mindset – more towards patient safety, giving nurses more time to nurse, zero tolerance approach to hospital-acquired infections, reducing reliance on agency staff and accountability.
He stands by the importance of patient choice and also insists there will be no cut to the NHS budget with funding increasing in real terms, bureaucracy reduced, money for cancer drugs, and patients and GPs having more control of their healthcare.
Lansley’s time in opposition has clearly been well spent, giving him an in-depth knowledge of his portfolio.
Whether he can effect changes through sheer strength of character remains to be seen, but he’s willing to give it a go.
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Thursday 17th June 2010 @ 9:11
Why is he amazed at this we shop floor workers have been highlighting this too many managers and they are not nurses so do not understand medical issues.
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Title: Andrew Lansley will take a knife to NHS
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15086
Date Added: 9th Jun 2010