If we are ever to get more than an adequate Regional Health Service we need to aspire to quality, and to have the tools to achieve that quality. The rules for the various ministers for the “no rationing” Health Services they run prohibit the actions needed. The system is not coping now and certainly wont cope over the holiday period.
Grant, a former provost at University College London, said: “I am a staunch believer that the NHS is one of the finest social institutions in the world and the people who make it that are the frontline staff. I think the way we design the structure to incentivise people is right, and to take money away and penalise poor performance is not the best way to get the best out of people.”
He denied rumours he had considered quitting his role over his battles with Hunt, in particular over the NHS mandate, saying: “That would have been an abdication of responsibility. We had, shall we say, some really difficult discussions, which is absolutely right, it is what you would expect.”
In a wide-ranging interview with the Observer to launch a new era for the NHS, Grant also claimed to be “quietly confident” that the service would cope with what is expected to be its busiest winter. He admitted to being surprised by the record number of people attending A&E departments in recent weeks. The “big uncertainty”would arise if there was a major change in the weather, but he said the system “will cope”…….