Tue Feb 14, 2012, 04:49 PM
oldironside (1,201 posts)
NHS papers expose risks of health reforms
The government's health reforms run a high risk of reducing levels of safety and patient care while leading to overspending, internal NHS reports have warned.
The potential for conflict between NHS organisations in the new system and upheaval during the transition is high, according to risk assessments drawn up by the four English NHS regions. There is also a high chance the reforms will fail to achieve hoped-for management improvements and budget cuts, they say.
Some of the anticipated problems are rated at the highest risk category, "significant", and many others are considered "high risk", even after mitigation measures designed to tackle the issues raised, and despite all actions taken after previous risk reports last autumn.
The warnings – dated January and not due to be updated for three months – will be in place when the controversial health and social care bill becomes law, provided the government succeeds in getting it passed before Easter.
I knew this. You knew this. Sometimes I wonder why they just can't see it. Even if they are trying to line their own pockets, surely they are smart enough to know this is going to backfire on them. Brits like the NHS and any attempt to introduce any Americanisation is going to cause massive resentment.
"We fought for the public good and would have enfranchised the people and secured the welfare of the whole groaning creation, if the nation had not more delighted in servitude than in freedom"
2 replies, 712 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
NHS papers expose risks of health reforms (Original post)
Response to oldironside (Original post)
Tue Feb 14, 2012, 06:26 PM
LeftishBrit (30,931 posts)
Last edited Tue Feb 14, 2012, 06:28 PM - Edit history (1)
In the days of Thatcher, a friend gave me a T-shirt displaying the message: 'WARNING: HM GOVERNMENT CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH SERVICE'. Even truer now than then!
'I kept the faith and I kept voting/ Not for the iron fist but for the helping hand' - Billy Bragg