Our joint editorial with HSJ and the BMJ in last week’s issue had a fantastic response in the national media – with the BBC, Sky and several national newspapers all giving the story a top billing.
Our joint contention that the reforms will leave the NHS in “an unholy mess” and unlikely to survive in the long term, was also the subject of a question raised on BBC’s Question Time and by Ed Miliband during Wednesday’s prime minister’s questions in the Commons.
We will have to wait to see if the pen really is mightier than the sword, but it shows the combined power of these respective NHS professions. Will this be the final straw that sees the government reconsider those issues that have caused consternation?
Well, that optimism hasn’t reached the RCN HQ. According to general secretary and chief executive Peter Carter, the latest bill amendments tabled last week won’t go far enough to fix some of its fundamental flaws. There have been changes – such as giving more detail to Monitor’s position and making the health secretary more accountable “to promote the comprehensive health service and to exercise their functions so as to secure the provision of services” – but many of the sticking points remain.
While the government continues to look at the bill, there’s still hope some of the biggest concerns could be resolved. So let’s maintain the pressure and hold firm on those issues that would threaten patient care and undermine the NHS.
This joint initiative with HSJ has gone so well, we’ve decided to do more. Don’t miss our Healthcare 100 Masterclass, sponsored by NHS Employers, which this month is an overview of those issues concerning every manager. See nursingtimes.net/masterclass
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