Jeremy Hunt on the NHS and Mid Staffs

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, writes:

"No one can doubt the Conservative Party's commitment to the NHS. In the toughest financial climate we've faced in years our party was the only party to commit to increasing the NHS budget. More money to the frontline and less spent on management and bureaucracy. A commitment we are delivering in Government, which remains unwavering today.
However, we'd be doing the NHS a disservice if we failed to speak out when things go wrong. The publication of the inquiry report into what happened at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust under Labour has shown that things did go wrong - badly wrong. And it's now up to the Conservatives to ensure that this can never happen again.
The report is clear that the appalling standards of care at Mid Staffs were not just a failing of that particular hospital but were also a failing of the wider NHS system. The system Labour created focused on targets, ticking boxes and processes, while the core values of the NHS, those of care, compassion and respect were lost.
We are already doing things to put this right. Since we came to power we have ended Labour's culture of meeting targets at any cost, developed a new vision for compassionate nursing and introduced a tough new programme for tracking and eliminating falls, pressure sores and hospital infections.
But we are going to do more. We will put patient care back at the heart of the NHS. Staff and managers throughout the system need to know if you're failing on care then you're failing full stop. That's why:
bulletWe will make sure nurses are hired and promoted for showing
compassion - not just on their academic qualifications. And we
will encourage a style of leadership from senior nurses which
means poor practice is not tolerated and is driven off the wards.
bulletWe will ensure those values go right to the top of an organisation
by creating a regime where the suspension of a hospital's board
can be triggered by failures in care, not just by failures in finance.
bulletWe will set up the new post of a Chief Inspector of Hospitals, who
will make a judgement on care standards in an organisation. And
to help them make that judgement we will give every patient, carer
and staff member the opportunity to feed into that process by saying
whether they'd recommend their hospital to their friends and family.
We made our commitment to the NHS because we want it to have the resources it needs to evolve and improve in the years to come. I hope the legacy of our response to the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry will be to refocus on the values it needs to achieve this."
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Jeremy Hunt
Secretary of State for Health


Jim said…
I must say its outstanding how you do not acknowledge something then move on to exactly the same thing. So what has Mr Hunts fantastic letter brought the the debate, nothing that is what. Diddley squat in normal terms.
Chris Whiteside said…
Don't follow, Jim. I had published your comment although I had not yet replied, which is because I was still thinking about my response.

The letter from Jeremy Hunt is along the same lines as David Cameron's statement but it does flesh out slightly more detail in the three bullets at the end about what the government proposes to do.

I think the key word in the whole discussion is "accountability" which is something that certain parts of the NHS badly need.

This is something which needs a lot more considered thought. Please don't assume because I don't instantly post a full response that I'm not thinking through the pros and cons of what you wrote.
Jim said…
what i was getting at is simple.

I am not sure if you know of the "Creation Museum" in Kentucky. Basically its filled with falicy on evolution and tells how the genesis account is correct.

They even use phrases like "if people came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?"

Of course they have had evolution explained to them plenty of times, just instead of saying oh ok. The very next day they ask the next visitors "if people came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?"

Repeating an idea, does not make the idea any more (or indeed any less) valid. Even if you are Gordon Brown and tell yourself often enough you have ended boom and bust. You may convince yourself, but you cant make it true by doing that.
Jim said…
Perhaps I would like a detailed bill of where my council tax goes, and Exactly what its spent on.

perhaps that could go to income tax too. maybe that may even go some way into uncovering the minefield that is VAT spending and where that goes (as well as fuel, tobacco, alcohol)

so in short i would like to see a bill of what pays for what. In the budget we do not see it just what will be spent and what will be (gained, but usually its not a gain)

after all is a properly authenticated budget , where each tax payer can see where each and every pound is being spent, actually the job description of the chancellor or the exchequer.

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