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White paper response: 'We were right to embark on this journey'

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The government has this morning published its response to its white paper on the NHS, setting out how it will take the reforms forward.

Liberating the NHS: Legislative Framework and Next Steps outlines how ministers will press ahead with their radicals reforms.

In the foreword, health secretary Andrew Lansley and minister Paul Burstow warn that while the health budget will grow by 10 per cent in cash terms over the spending review period “these resources need to be used to support change”.

They write: “Put simply, for all the efforts and endeavours of frontline staff, outcomes for patients still lag behind the best healthcare systems internationally. In addition, productivity in the NHS has declined in the recent years. Through the coming years, every part of the NHS needs to make every penny count for patients.

“The energy and enthusiasm on the frontline to make these reforms happen demonstrate that we were right to embark on this journey. One-quarter of the country is already covered by ‘pathfinder’ GP consortia.

They add: “By next year, we expect 25,000 staff – delivering some £900m of NHS community services – to be doing so as members of social enterprises. The further development of NHS foundation trusts is proceeding at pace.

“This document sets out how the government will legislate for and implement our reforms, drawing on the insights and experience contributed by those who responded to the consultation. It sets out how the white paper’s reform programme will be taken forward to completion, and how the vision it contains will be made into a reality.”

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  • The destination of this 'journey' may be right, it may be wrong; but the way of getting there and the stops along the way are definately not right.

    How can you implement change in the NHS from the ground up without including or even consulting the largest and most important part of its workforce? (Namely Nurses, if you needed a clue, Lansley!)

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  • They write: “Put simply, for all the efforts and endeavours of frontline staff, outcomes for patients still lag behind the best healthcare systems internationally. In addition, productivity in the NHS has declined in the recent years. Rubbish - pure sophistry.

    A good example of how Lansley and his cronies are putting a spin on anything in order to support their arguments. It seems to me by taking this approach they can't fail. They would argue black is white if they could!

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  • perhaps mr lansley would like try working as a nurse. with poor staffing levels, no beds, limited equipment and no breaks. There are a lot of fantastic nurses in the nhs. If it wasn't for the goodwill of the nurses giving above and beyond there role on a daily basis the nhs would have crubled years ago. Try being a nurse of a patient mr lansley. It will certainley open your eyes.

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  • How about a national undercover day? Politicos could be disguised as patients and see what its really like in ED, MAU etc...instead of always using private medicine. Or conduct spot inspections without prior notice- so they can see first hand what 2 RNs to 45 patients is really like....
    Then again, I doubt they want to know the truth...

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