The review of health systems in the UK has highlighted the need for a fundamental rethinking of how the NHS is run, with the publication of a report by the Royal College of Nursing, which said the NHS had not adequately addressed a range of issues that have undermined patient care.
The report’s co-author, Professor Michael Mair, said: “This is a serious issue that is now affecting the NHS as a whole.”
The NHS has been shown time and again to be unable to deliver high quality health services for many years.
“What is being done now to address this is not enough.”
There is no way that the NHS can deliver high-quality care for everyone.
“Our report is calling for urgent reform, and that reform should be focused on creating an environment where people can be confident that their care is delivered at a good value.”NHS leaders need to do more to support the frontline nurses, and provide support for staff who are struggling to cope with the stress of the work.
“Prof Mair also warned that the Government needed to “immediately” reform the NHS’s system of governance, including appointing a new Chief Medical Officer.”
It is important that we establish a new role for the Chief Medical officer, with responsibility for delivering the NHS services of the NHS in the new century,” he said.”
We should also establish a National Advisory Council on Health Care.
“The Royal College’s report said: ‘The NHS needs a new model of governance’