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20
Mar

NHS ‘not ready’


The majority of senior NHS staff have voiced the opinion that the health service is not ready for the huge changes that are planned for it, the Guardian reports.

The majority of senior NHS staff have voiced the opinion that the health service is not ready for the huge changes that are planned for it, the Guardian reports.

It says a survey of both clinical and management staffbelieve that  the new bodies that come into force next month are prepared for the huge undertaking it will require to run the service.

Two-thirds of respondents said clinical commissioning groups weren't prepared, despite claims from former health secretary Andrew Lansley that he had put them firmly in the "driving seat" of reforms.

The Guardian quotes one respondent as saying: “I cannot think of a single sector of the NHS that is ready for change. God help the NHS and its patients."

What was also troubling about the findings was those who chose not to engage in the survey said they did so because they were “not encouraged to report difficulties" or because they had a "fear of retribution by management", suggesting that the findings of the Francis report could well be applied to many otherTrusts across the UK.

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