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Underperforming NHS managers should be 'struck off'

4th March 2010

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced proposals to “strike off” underperforming health service managers.

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He indicated it would be a way of dealing with failures such as the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust scandal.

Mr Brown said Mid Staffordshire was a failure in management that had to be dealt with.

“I am grateful to the secretary of state for health for bringing forward a series of recommendations, including a recommendation that where management fails, just as with doctors, we should be able to strike off from a list those managers who are not acceptable to health authorities,” he said.

Proposals by the Department of Health advisory group to ensure the quality of senior NHS managers on boards are now being considered in a review announced following the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust inquiry.

The move looks to provide clearer standards, improve the recruitment process and see better corporate governance.

However, the proposal by Mr Brown to strike off failing managers has not been welcomed by all.

General Medical Council chief executive Niall Dickson said healthcare regulation was about protecting patients and maintaining trust in the profession.

“That’s rather different from ‘let’s have something that strikes off doctors, or indeed managers’ and I think the understanding that regulation isn’t about punishment is really important if you’re going to have a proper regulatory system for any group,” he said.

The Department of Health said the consultation would ensure failing managers should not simply move on to other jobs “without proper consideration of their conduct”.


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