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Johnson to review NHS

4th July 2007

New Health Secretary Alan Johnson has announced a “once in a generation review? of the NHS.

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The move could mean an NHS constitution setting out its values, priorities and lines of accountability.

Mr Johnson has called upon practising surgeon Sir Ara Darzi to consult with patients and staff over the initiative which comes at a time of widespread anger and frustration within the NHS over constant changes.

In a speech to the House of Commons, the new Health Secretary accepted the government had not managed to keep the medical profession on board during its reform programme but said he was now looking to forge a new partnership with the profession to ease that anger and frustration.

And he promised there would be no more structural change.

Sir Ara’s report, scheduled to be completed next year, will look at: putting clinical decisions at the heart of NHS service delivery; improving patient care; making care more accessible and convenient; establishing a vision for the next decade based more on patient control.

Mr Johnson announced an extra £50million to fight hospital-based infections with a doubling in the size of inspection teams.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said the Health Secretary’s statement failed to tackle immediate issues while Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb described it as “an admission of failure after 10 years of this government.?

Dr Gill Morgan, of the NHS Confederation, said: “We hope that this is not just another review, but a genuine exercise in listening and understanding where the service has got to and where it needs to go.?

 

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Article Information

Title: Johnson to review NHS
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 3357
Date Added: 4th Jul 2007

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