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NHS doubters should go

24th November 2010

The chief executive of the NHS has said

DavidNicholson1staff who are not behind changes in the white paper should leave the health service.

Speaking at the NHS Employers conference, Sir David Nicholson said those in the NHS who do not support changes outlined in the government white paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS should quit now.

He said the NHS faced the “biggest management of change exercise in the world” and that such changes would have to be managed alongside the £20 billion savings already outlined for the service.

He said: “There are those people in the service who essentially hate all this. My view is that they should go.”

The conference heard that 2,000 people had already left through the Mutually Assured Resignation Scheme and while this had cost £40 million, it had generated savings in a year of £70 million.

“For all sorts of reasons that’s a good deal and we need to think about how we expand that in future,” he said.

There were also staff members who did not want to be part of the new structures but were prepared to support the transition but he felt that those who backed the ideas in the white paper should be helped to learn new skills and moved into new positions as quickly as possible.

Sir David said that with the changes taking place, it was important for the NHS to move people into the right positions, such as from PCTs into consortia and local government, as soon as possible.


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