£2bn of set-aside announced by DH to be “invested in one-off expenditure that supports and enables the achievement of quality and productivity improvements” which means redundancy payments to you and me. We don’t object, the profligacy in the NHS has included vast over-recruitment of paper-clip managers but there are two caveats:
1. All NHS trusts should be required to demonstrate their redesigned patient pathways which show not only how unnecessary some of these extra staff were, but how thought has been given to intelligent patient care and treatment journeys.
2. This will not be sustainable without sorting NHS IT – and we simply refer you here to our report – reviewed as ‘absolute common sense’!