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Tackling health reforms

20th July 2011

In his first speech since taking up his post as head of the NHS Confederation, Mike Farrar has appealed to health managers to plan for long-term transformation as they tackle the 'forest fire' of the Government reforms.


There remain concerns over the implications of the Health and Social Care Bill, but managers are best placed to take the plans forward.

The current starting point is not the one we would have chosen but following the pause, the NHS needs certainty, clarity, recognition of the enormous job we face and a desire to help us rather than hinder us in delivering it.

We can be daunted by the task, or inspired by it. And we must choose the latter to motivate us to tackle the toughest year in our careers and excel.

There has to be long-term transformation, not more short-term fixes and we need to shape our own destiny rather than wait for others to do it.

The NHS Confederation will continue to demand clarification from ministers over issues such as excessive centralisation, bureaucratic restrictions, and the freedom to act of the new GP commissioning groups.

While there are good things in the reform, there remains much to worry about and things to do.

The support provided over the next 18 months from government will determine whether the NHS is a going concern for future leaders to inherit.

My prescription is: value managers, support reconfiguration, focus on today as much as tomorrow, find intelligent solutions to complex problems, and finally take our destiny back into our own hands.


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