A report published by the independent, non-party think tank Reform argues that while the Government’s commitment to NHS reform is right, it is in denial about its progress on the ground. The report, shows that reform is the only way to unlock the value of the NHS budget but the Government’s programmes remain embryonic, and in some cases in full retreat. The solution is an economic constitution which defines duties to create value at all levels of the service. Such a constitution should be the central conclusion of the Government’s current landmark NHS review. Reform believes that genuine reform would bring significant improvement to the NHS in 18 months, but argues that current trends will deliver deteriorating quality at an extra cost of £20 billion per year.
The report – NHS reform: National mantra, not local reality – is essential reading for anyone interested in NHS governance at national or local levels. Download the report here.