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NHS at risk from poor managers

13th January 2009

The House of Commons' health committee has released a report predicting that "striking and depressing" local management could compromise the goals decided on in summer 2008.


MPs were critical about health tsar Lord Darzi's review, which includes his aims for the establishment of polyclinics.

The Darzi review was released last year in time for the 60th anniversary of the health service.

The review demanded that quality of care should be improved by allowing patients to choose how their care was carried out.

In addition to polyclinics, the review said a personal budget should be allocated to each patient with a "long-term condition" so they could make a decision about how health service money was used for their treatment.

The review prompted a ground-breaking NHS constitution which explained what a patient treated by the health service should expect.

However, the committee questioned whether local management would be able to achieve the goals of the review.

Health committee chairman Kevin Barron said: "We remain very concerned that PCTs are not yet up to the task of putting these reforms into practice."

"Lord Darzi's reforms must not just be the latest in a series of failures to make real change."

David Stout, of the NHS Confederation, which represents managers, said: "I think it is a narrow and unfair view of management in the NHS. There has been a lot of progress in recent years and we are aspiring to fulfil the vision."


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Article Information

Title: NHS at risk from poor managers
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 9800
Date Added: 13th Jan 2009


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