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Call for NHS vision

20th July 2006

13042006_stormy_meeting.jpgIn a speech to NHS managers at the confederation’s annual conference chief executive Dr Gill Morgan said that the past year has been ‘turbulent and distressing’ and the next two years will be the ‘most challenging we have ever had to face’
 
She acknowledged that managers were currently facing ‘personal uncertainty or disappointment’, and were angry that the NHS they were committed to had not ‘treated them as well as it should have and in some cases, no longer seems even to value the contributions they have made’.

Dr Morgan said that the NHS needed a clear strategy for the future, and that presently the government were lacking a ‘compelling vision’ to tell ‘the NHS where it was going and why’. 'Where there is no vision the people perish but vision without implementation is merely hallucination,’ 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 ‘the biggest policy conundrum’ facing the NHS was achieving an appropriate balance of competition verses collaboration.
 

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