Shaken not stirred?

The BBC reported yesterday that David Cameron has said the NHS in England needs to change to avoid a “future crisis” as he sought to rally support for a controversial shake-up.

Speaking to health staff, the prime minister said the NHS was performing well but faced “enormous financial pressures” as people lived longer. But he hinted at concessions on plans to give GPs more control over budgets and the private sector a greater role to rally support for a controversial shake-up.

 Speaking to health staff, the prime minister said the NHS was performing well but faced “enormous financial pressures” as people lived longer.

But he hinted at concessions on plans to give GPs more control over budgets and the private sector a greater role.

I have over the last week, for a number of reasons, spent time watching as a visitor/carer in a number of different hospitals.  There have been moments I have been really encouraged by our health service – excellent communication skills by the medical profession, excellent care given- but there have also been moments when I was worried about the direction of the NHS. Not about structures or processes but about the care patients are receiving now.

Patients were waiting on trolleys in A&E corridors and because they had been brought in by ambulance crews they were required to wait with them, the patient I accompanied waited 6 hours before being transferred to a ward not because they needed to be there but because they had to wait for the right staff to be free.  Nursing staff were clearly stressed and this reflected in their poor communication and sharpness of response.

The great concern I have about shaking up the NHS again is that it distracts management capacity from the important role of ensuring resources are focused in the right way to give medical and nursing staff the right resources to give the right patient care.

Maybe it is better to stir the NHS by releasing the capacity that is already there rather than shaking them up so that the system falls apart.   

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About Sarah Mullally

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