NHS chief admits to dismay at Jeremy Hunt’s meddling – but thinks the system will “cope”!

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.

Daniel Boffey, policy editor at The Observer, Saturday 21 December 2013 reports:

NHS chief admits to dismay at Jeremy Hunt’s meddling

NHS England chairman Sir Malcolm Grant reveals frustration at health secretary’s attempts to micro-manage service
“Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England, has revealed his frustration at attempts by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to micro-manage Britain’s health service.Grant said politicians should stop meddling in the NHS at a time when clinicians were supposed to have been put in charge under recent reforms, and admitted fighting with Hunt over attempts to interfere through a detailed blueprint called the NHS mandate, which was published this year. Grant also revealed that he had been forced to block ministers’ attempts to punish clinicians who failed to meet certain care standards by reducing their budgets.

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”…….

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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