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  • Wednesday, March 08, 2006

    NHS in crisis - Chief quits

    The Guardian today reports on the NHS in crisis. Although millions have been poured in to the health service, the money has seemingly been spent on wages, rather than patient care.

    One senior Blairite said that, as a result, trusts in deficit "will have to swallow their own smoke next year" and cut services. The health service is also considering slicing 3% off primary trust budgets, and then holding the money centrally to handle next year's financial crisis.

    Sir Nigel's early departure was welcomed by some ministers, who blamed him for failing to impose financial discipline at a time of record investment. Other sources were more sympathetic, pointing to his earlier reforming leadership and suggesting that he had done all he could to curb the spending of managers.

    It seems to me that managers are part of the problem in our NHS. What we need is good patient care, not a bunch of managers eating up all of the funds.

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