Call for NHS vision20th July 2006
In a speech to NHS managers at the confederationâ€™s annual conference chief executive Dr Gill Morgan said that the past year has been â€˜turbulent and distressingâ€™ and the next two years will be the â€˜most challenging we have ever had to faceâ€™
She acknowledged that managers were currently facing â€˜personal uncertainty or disappointmentâ€™, and were angry that the NHS they were committed to had not â€˜treated them as well as it should have and in some cases, no longer seems even to value the contributions they have madeâ€™.
Dr Morgan said that the NHS needed a clear strategy for the future, and that presently the government were lacking a â€˜compelling visionâ€™ to tell â€˜the NHS where it was going and whyâ€™. 'Where there is no vision the people perish but vision without implementation is merely hallucination,â€™ she said, calling on the government and the NHS to develop clarity about the end goal and set out what the reform agenda was intended to achieve.
She criticised the government for setting an agenda for change which left managers unable to plan for the long-term; instead they were caught up 'fire fighting, chasing targets and balancing the books'. Dr Morgan emphasised that â€˜the biggest policy conundrumâ€™ facing the NHS was achieving an appropriate balance of competition verses collaboration.
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Title: Call for NHS vision
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 539
Date Added: 20th Jul 2006