The NHS is safe – in the same old hands
I hope you’ve been following the news this last week. If you have you will have picked up the fact that the NHS is safe.
In fact it is very safe, those people who used to run the NHS will still be running it. The NHS commissioning board will appoint people to help GPs run CCGs. The NHS Commissioning Board will decide whether GPs are fit to take on the responsibility and the ability to commission. The NHS commissioning Board will define those outcome measures that must be achieved in order to deliver safe health care.
There is a lot riding on the NHS Commissioning board. The good news is that the board all have great experience of running the NHS, good pace setting and command and control style and are already running the NHS.
The same team who fired the starting pistol and most of the PCT staff with it are the same team now lining up the NHS Commissioning Board local leaders.
We will shortly be sent the HR framework for establishment of the local offices of the NHSCB. Already insiders know that those jobs will be ‘lift and shift’ for existing expensive directors deposed from PCTs.
There is a thin veneer of ‘this time it will be clinically led’ but always accompanied with a knowing look, an arched brow and a caveat of ‘when appropriate’.
The NHS will be in safe hands, whilst GPs will be left taking care of the new generation of healthcare problems, or perhaps just holding the baby.