NHS Structure Changes Come into Force

Health leaders warn that a tough year is coming ahead. The new structures will start functioning from Monday.

According to the NHS Confederation on one hand these changes create great opportunities but at the same time they will not be a “silver bullet” for future.

In the words of Mike Farrar, chief executive of the confederation, which represents health managers, NHS was most probably facing a critical period as they needed to rebuild public confidence after the Stafford Hospital scandal.

However, he warned that the new structures in health service would be a great challenge for people.

“Those doing the day-job face major pressures in trying to keep the NHS’s head above water, while focusing on making the new world work.”

The changes were made some three years ago but the new system starts functioning just now.

Some people are concerned that private sector will get a greater role.

Others expressed their opinion that right now when time is difficult and money is tight such radical changes do not make sense.

Health Minister Anna Soubry said: “The health service will improve, work smarter and, importantly, build an NHS that delivers high quality, compassionate care for patients.”

However, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is on the opposite opinion and does not think changes would make things better. He said that hundreds of new private companies did risk fragmenting patient care.

GP Catherine Briggs shared her view that the spending of the money from the budget needs to be controlled better.

“Because GPs have face-to-face contact with patients every day and because they know their patients and their communities really well,” she said.

“That means they are really well-placed to be able to make decisions about how healthcare should be delivered best.”

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