There are too many acute hospitals in metropolitan areas and that needs to change if failing hospitals are to improve, Peter Carter has suggested.
Calling for a “paradigm shift” in policy, Peter Carter reportedly said he believes a number of inner-city hospitals are “a drain on the system” and are no longer appropriate for the modern age.
Dr Carter delivered the message in a private meeting with the think-tank Reform, the Times said, where he admitted that hospitals need to adapt to cope with the strains put on the health service in the 21st century.
Dr Carter, whose union represents 400,000 nurses, also said politicians need to be “brave” enough to make widespread reforms to the NHS.
He added: “People have tinkered around the edges and not made the paradigm shift that’s required.”
His comments came as the government unveiled changes to its controversial NHS reform plans, which have attracted criticism from inside and outside the health service.
The changes announced to the reforms followed what Prime Minister David Cameron called a “pause” in the plans as health professionals and experts were consulted over the bid to extend competition in health provision amid concern over the proposals and the speed at which they were due to be introduced.
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