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'Blacklist' of failed NHS managers planned

23rd January 2013

NHS managers who are deemed as having presided over failure in the NHS could be blacklisted.


Government ministers are considering the option of placing senior health officials, who significantly under-perform, on such a list in a move that would effectively see them prevented from working in the health service in the future.

HSJ has reported the option is one of a range of suggestions being considered with the pending publication of Robert Francis QC’s report into failure at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.

With suggestions that he could recommend strengthening the regulation of managers in the NHS, the names of individuals judged unfit to practise, based on previous performance, could be added to the blacklist.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is awaiting the report’s publication before developing the option, which HSJ suggests was discussed at a private meeting hosted by the NHS Confederation recently.

The King’s Fund says the option could be an attractive one for the government because it is a “low cost, low regulatory burden” approach.

However, head of policy Anna Dixon also warned it could deter candidates from applying for difficult chief executive roles.

The Department of Health has already asked the Health and Care Professions Council to draw up costings for a negative register for care assistants working in social care settings.

The council proposed the option after concluding voluntary regulation would not work for this group.

It follows a similar move introduced last year by the government for teachers after the General Teaching Council was abolished.


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